“Heroes of Fishkill” a big success
On Saturday, May 26, 2018, historic preservation groups held the Second Annual Heroes of Fishkill Day commemorating the town's Revolutionary War patriots and honoring the 57 Fishkill Women of the Revolution buried at the Rombout Rural Cemetery in Fishkill.
Inspirational opening remarks were offered by Robert LaColla, Town of Fishkill Supervisor, Helen Walker, Regent, Melizingah Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Tim Middlebrook,President, Columbia Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Lance Ashworth, President, Friends of Fishkill Supply Depot.
The gathering, with an estimated 75 attendees, featured presentations on Revolutionary War medicine, the Colonial families of Fishkill, and LaFayette's travel through Fishkill in May 1780, a talk given by Dr. Robert A. Selig, Historian-Consultant to the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail. Participants walked among the final resting places of Continental Army soldiers thanks to markers emplaced by the Columbia Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Also participating were the Boy Scouts of America, the 5th NY Regimental and the “Hearts of Oak” period re-enactors. The event was hosted by the Cemetery Association, Friends of Griffin's Tavern, and Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot.
Visit: www.facebook.com/FOFSD/ to see more awesome photos of the HOF event!
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[George Washington's Revolutionary War site at Fishkill NY threatened by IHOP construction]
"6:00 p.m. It is fearfully cold and raw, and a snowstorm setting in. The wind in northeast and beats in the faces of the men. It will be a terrible night for the soldiers who have no shoes. Some of them have tied old rags around their feet, but I have not heard a man complain." -From the diary of General George Washington
Late on Christmas night, Washington crossed the Delaware River with his rag-tag army of 2,400 men and slipped into the streets of Trenton. After a long day of Christmas revelry, the Hessian mercenaries were no match for the shivering Americans. More than 900 of them were captured, shot or escaped. The Revolutionary War would not end for five more years, but the Battle of Trenton was a big turning point. Had it not bee for the cover of the snowstorm, the battle might have gone the other way. Huzzh!
Guarding the Depot
On October 14, at 8:00pm FOFSD members gathered at the D.A.R. monument for an impromptu candlelight vigil honoring the soldiers buried in Fishkill. The ceremony included a recital of the 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' and shared their thoughts on protecting this sacred ground.
[Pictured L-R are Trustee's John Groen & Rob Bucherri, supporters Gloria Ashworth & Peggy Steyer, Archaeologist Bill Sandy, FOFSD President Lance Ashworth, Pat Groen (John's wife) and Trustee Rob Ashworth]
Photo taken at our second board meeting of the year on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Pictured here: L-R Front row - Trustee Rob Buccheri, President Lance Ashworth & Treasurer Ann Shershin. Back row - Secretary Tim Middlebrook, Volunteers Penny Steyer, Bill Sandy and John Groen.
Our position on Continental Commons
Whether you have visited our site before or if it's your first time, you may be wondering, "Why Fishkill residents should oppose Continental Commons?" Written below is our official position and why we believe you should oppose further commercial expansion on the historic Fishkill Supply Depot site.
What is Continental Commons?Continental Commons is a plan submitted to the Town of Fishkill by the Pelham, NY-based entity GLD3, LLC on July 11, 2015, which calls for the commercial development of a 10.47 acres wooded lot located on the east side of U.S. Route 9, south of the Speedway station (formerly Hess), north of the Maya Café, and across from the Dutchess Mall area. The developer acknowledges the 10.4 acre lot as a Revolutionary War site but intends to only preserve .25 acres where a Continental Army cemetery containing multiple bodies is located. Proposed for the site are an iHop restaurant, small hotel, boutique shops, and a petting zoo with live animals, the creation of which will require the destruction of over 95% of the historic site.
Why should I oppose this development plan?The wooded lot is located at the very center of a Revolutionary War site known as the Fishkill Supply Depot that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in January 1974. Archeological studies conducted over the past decades have shown that the wooded lot contains building foundations, countless artifacts, and various other ruins associated with the Continental Army’s occupation at Fishkill. Due to its wartime supply and logistical mission, the site’s archeological features are unique among the already preserved Revolutionary War sites. Archeological studies also identified a long-lost soldiers’ cemetery where an estimated 320 soldiers lie in unmarked graves. Independent research has identified 83 Americans, 2 Canadians, and a French soldier believed to be buried at the same spot. Commercial development will destroy unique ruins, dishonor the memory of the heroes who served (and are buried) at the site, and permanently scar the historic landscape of Fishkill.
What will happen if development is stopped?Our group will continue to seek community engagement and partnership to secure funding, acquire the wooded lot, and preserve the site for future archeological and historic study in a format similar to the Jamestown Project in Virginia. We will also seek to acquire, study, and interpret other lots within Fishkill Supply Depot’s historic footprint so that, over time, a single historic site is created and joined to the Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve.
What can I do to help?Contact the Town of Fishkill Planning Board (807 Route 52, Fishkill, NY 12524) and voice opposition to Continental Commons. Serve as an active volunteer with our group on projects relating to education and outreach. Most importantly, donate to our Preservation Fund that was established for the acquisition of the Fishkill Suppy Depot and other related historic properties.
Above: Early 20th century view of Old Post Road (Route 9) and the grounds of the Fishkill Supply Depot (FSD). In 2009, The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot (FOFSD) was founded to protect what remains of this Revolutionary War treasure. We are a registered 501c(3) historic preservation organization whose mission is to preserve, study, and interpret (for public benefit) the depot site. All donations are tax deductible. Contact us at: Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot, P.O. Box 311, Fishkill, NY, 12524 - Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOFSD or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy this special poem written about the soldiers' burial ground and the legacy of the historic Fishkill Supply Depot.
It was early in the morning,