For Darcey Hale, history has been a passion since, as a ten year old, she was introduced to the world of antiquity while residing temporarily among the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal in Yucatan. This experience was the catalyst for her ongoing quest to learn more about those who had lived in a time gone by. She moved to Willsboro, New York and became the guardian of the treasures that the Clark family had left behind. Through their legacy she has lived their lives and now, in her first book, shares the story of the Clark family, as it so vividly portrays nineteenth century life in New York’s Champlain Valley.
In The Long Trek North, the first book in a series of three, she invites her reader to come with her on a journey into the past. It begins in the Connecticut Berkshires in 1801 and transports us north with George and Lydia who set forth to Willsborough, New York and, established a family presence in the early days of that town.
The Long Trek North introduces us to the Clarks as, in 1801, Lydia and George leave behind all that they had known in the Berkshires and head north to begin a new life on the New York shores of Lake Champlain. The author invites her reader to accompany the young family on their journey, to join George as he builds anchors for the U.S. Navy, and to become part of their lives in their new home and c