Originally Posted by catherine387
My husband is about to reenlist and I'm trying to figure out which posts he should look into. I'm really interested in Fort Drum and would love more information about the surrounding areas. We're in Fort Campbell, KY now and our hometown in Virginia Beach, VA.
Are there many good shopping areas/malls?
How far away is restaurants/shopping areas?
Housing areas (on and off post).
Are there any fabric shops? (I'm a fabric junkie and I sew ALOT!)
As a former Ft. Drum soldier, I will say this:
Salmon Run Mall is the only mall in the Watertown/Ft. Drum area. Many people go to the malls in the Syracuse area on the weekends too. Syracuse is about an hour away. So, making that trip is not bad.
Arsenal Street has improved greatly since I ETSed in May of 2003. That is the area where most of the shopping is located in the area, with some exceptions in the downtowns of the major communities.
As far as crime, there is hardly any serious crime in the Watertown area. It's definitely a family friendly area.
As far as I remember, the off post housing that is government owned is in Calcium, Evans Mills, Carthage, West Carthage, Clayton, Watertown, Gouverneur, Copenhagen, Lowville and Philadelphia. There are quite a few on post developments and I know that about 2 thirds of them are in the Indian River School District and the other third is in the Carthage School District.
As for fabric shops, the one I know about is Jo-Ann Fabrics in Watertown and it is a good store. I believe there is one in Carthage too.
Here is some information you might like to look at:Fort Drum, NY Housing Relocation Information
Fort Drum, New York • Home
Fort Drum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes - A project of Actus Lend Lease, LLC
Watertown, NY - Official Website
Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce, Watertown Chamber of Commerce, Watertown New York
Watertown (city), New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Watertown Daily Times | Local News, Sports, Features, and Community Information for Jefferson County, St. Lawrence County, and Lewis County in Northern New York
Jefferson County New York Home Page
(http://www.co.jefferson.ny.us/Jefflive.nsf/index12 - broken link)
Jefferson County, New York - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thousand Islands | 1000 islands | Tourism Info | Images Thousand Islands Region
VISIT THE 1000 ISLANDS » Welcome
Chamber Home Page
https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb/County.do?year=2008&county=Jefferson (broken link)
Immaculate Heart Central Schools
Salmon Run Mall
and much more.....If you have any other questions, just let me know.