Discovering Watertown

WPBS-TV, the North Country's public broadcasting station, is pleased to bring you the high definition docu-series about Watertown, New York. This multi-episode documentary "Discovering Watertown", chronicles the fascinating and rich history of Watertown, New York.

  • Part 1: Settlement & the Early Years
  • Part 2: Industrial Growth & Prosperity
  • Part 3: The Modern Era

The project is a true mission-match for WPBS. It is educational, entertaining and informational. With respect to our four avenues of services: Education, Economic Development, Travel & Tourism and Arts & Culture, we believe it is a natural fit in every category, stated Lynn Brown, President & General Manager of WPBS. Tracy Duflo, Director of Production at WPBS added: Each time we complete a project, we see an increase in foot traffic to a region. We are hoping we will have the same impact on Watertown, the surrounding areas and all it has to offer!


Discovering Watertown from WPBS-TV on Vimeo.

Additional funding Provided By: New York Air Brake., Slack Chemical, JCED, T. Urling & Mabel B. Walker

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Discovering Watertown DVD

WPBS-TV, the North Countrys public broadcasting station, announces a new high definition docu-series about Watertown, New York. This multi-episode documentary (Discovering Watertown), will chronicle the fascinating and rich history of Watertown, New York.


  • Part 1: Settlement & the Early Years
  • Part One of Discovering Watertown covers the prehistoric ice age through the founding of Watertown and into the 1840s. Both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 influenced the North Country. Surveyor Benjamin Wright explored Jefferson County in 1796, and shortly thereafter, early American settlers decided to make Watertown their home. Learn about the Native Americans who were here prior to the American Settlers, and uncover the key players whose courage and ambition helped build the foundation for Watertown to become a successful community. Gain insight into founding father Henry Coffeen and his efforts to make Watertown a place of prominence in the new frontier.

  • Part 2: Industrial Growth & Prosperity
  • Part Two of Discovering Watertown covers the Industrial boom in the 1850s through the end of World War II in 1945. The city transformed from a rugged wilderness in to an industrial powerhouse. The textile and manufacturing industry grew, jettisoning Watertown into an era of wealth and prosperity during the mid-1800s and into the twentieth century. The landscape of Watertown changed as immigrant workers came to fill the factories, and brought with them their culture and religions. A class of new wealth was created in Watertown, making it a beacon of hope throughout the North East. Hardships such as harsh winters, natural disasters, and wars challenged Watertown throughout its development.

  • Part 3: The Modern Era
  • Part Three of Discovering Watertown covers from post-World War II through present day. Watertown adjusts to a world after World War II and faces new challenges, including the controversial Urban Renewal movement under President Johnson, and the departure of the manufacturing infrastructure. Fort Drum becomes a major economic influence in Watertowns development. Watertown has a rich history of local sports, from boxing with Sugar Ray Robinson, to hosting the oldest semi pro football team in the United States. Through it all, Watertown has adapted in order to succeed in the modern era. The undefeatable spirit of Watertown is still alive and well today.
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