Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot
An important message from our President:
- During a radio interview held Friday, February 6, 2015 on WKIP, the land owner took credit for discovering a soldiers’ cemetery during a dig that "he" conducted in 2007 by stating "I’m very proud that I found the soldiers." In truth, the 2007 excavation was conducted pursuant to a court order issued by the State of New York in the wake of the owner’s imminent commercial development of the site and the pressure applied by our group’s early members.
- Also during the radio interview, the land owner advised of a commitment he made in 2007 (at the time of the discovery of the cemetery) to preserve the graves yet, it took him seven (7) years to even fully recognize its existence or even hold a single ceremony in tribute to our first heroes.
- The owner disputes that a building foundation first discovered during a Temple University-directed dig in 1973 bears any connection to the Revolutionary War. However, a spy map of the Fishkill Supply Depot (drawn by British officer and spy Sir Henry Clinton in 1777) clearly indicates the existence of the Continental Army barracks east of the Post Road between the Van Wyck Homestead and Van Wyck Lake Road where the foundation discovered by Temple presently lies.
- In order to conduct a new dig in 2013, the owner agreed to the New York’s State Historic Preservation Office’s (SHPO’s) condition that he convene a meeting with SHPO and our group and provide the new results. It is now 2 years later and no such meeting has taken place and no results have been shared. Further, our group learned of yet another dig conducted by the land owner in 2012 involving ground penetrating radar (GPR) and for which no results have ever been released.
- In July 2014, the National Park Service awarded our group an American Battlefield Protection Program grant totaling $24,600 to create an comprehensive archaeological report of the site;
- In August 2014, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area awarded our group and its partner, the Town of Fishkill, a $1,200 grant to hold a first-ever coordination meeting among the Fishkill area conservation and preservation groups; and,
- In January 2015, our group worked with the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail on a Congressional budget proposal for purchase of the parcel described above.