Happy Memorial Day
It's hard to believe its been 5 years since NYDOT erected our Adopt-a-Highway sign alongside Route 9 and the historic Fishkill Supply Depot! We are extremely grateful to have this signage to remind citizens of the important role Fishkill played during the Revolutionary War.
As part of the Adopt-a-highway program we help keep the roadside clean by holding several clean-up events throughout the year, usually scheduled before major holidays or special events. On Saturday, May 21st volunteers gathered to help clean the roadside along Route 9 in Fishkill, New York. Not a glamorous job but a very important one indeed.
Special thanks go out to B.S.A. Troop 65 and all volunteers for a job well done! The roadside looks beautiful :)
Saving the Fishkill Supply Depot
1) In a recent letter to the Town of Fishkill Planning Board, the New York State Historic Preservation Office states "Continental Commons" could "negatively impact" the site’s archaeological cultural resources. Read our subsequent press release here.
2) Our position on the Continental Commons commercial development.
3) Editorial from the weekly publication Southern Dutchess News (Jan. 13-19)
In The News
The FOFSD received a marketing and educational grant from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and its Melzingah Chapter and will be making informational/educational items available to the general public. Included will be bookmarks highlighting Enoch Crosby, a local Revolutionary War spy who served as the main character in James Fennimore Cooper’s The Spy, and Griffin’s Tavern, “a place of importance in the cause of freedom,” which is now in disrepair but was the meeting place for the Fishkill Committee of Safety and welcomed George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, and others, including Continental and French soldiers.
Other materials to be made available will include a new FOFSD brochure and items to highlight “The Spirit of Fishkill” theme developed in response to the fight on behalf of the remaining 10.4 acres of the original Supply Depot and against its commercialization. It will be available at programs and activities of the 'Friends.'
The grant also made a travelling display on the FOFSD available and is being used at community outreach programs. Samples of these materials are available by writing to the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot, P. O. Box 311, Fishkill, NY 12524.
Also, at a board meeting held Sunday, March 13, 2016, the trustees of the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot unanimously elected Robert Buccheri and Keith Reilly as new trustees. Both Rob and Keith are history teachers and Revolutionary War re-enactors who, for the past several months, have served the Friends’ group as active volunteers. Please join us in wishing them congratulations. Huzzah!
Special thanks to Steve Lynch, President of the Fishkill Historical Society for capturing this wonderful moment at the Candlelight Vigil Ceremony held on December 29, 2015 at the historic Van Wyck Homestead in Fishkill, NY.
2016 FOFSD Election results
The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot is proud to announce the results of this year's election!
Over 30 ballots were cast resulting in Lance Ashworth, Ann Shershin, and Bill Marsch continuing as board members. Former County Legislator Alison MacAvery and Media Consultant Alec Crosby were newly elected as trustees.
Additionally, two separate ballot issues involving the membership criteria (For 27 / Against 2) and board expansion (For 23 / Against 6) passed by overwhelming majorities. As a result of the newly-expanded board, the 'Friends' will seek to nominate new board members in the coming weeks.
Special thanks to everyone who voted and thank you for your interest and support in the historic Fishkill Supply Depot!
As we look at back on 2015 and the many accomplishments our group has achieved, one event stands alone amoungst the rest. In 2014, the National Park Service awarded our group a generous American Battlefield Protection Program preservation grant to consolidate past studies and archaeological findings of the Fishkill Supply Depot into one, all-inclusive report. On Sunday, October 25th Hunter Research, Inc. presented "Fishkill - Military Supply Hub of the Revolutionary War: A Historical and Archaeological Overview." Over 70 people came to the Hyatt-House Fishkill and we graciously thank them all for making this one of our biggest events to date. Below is a video of the full presentation. Huzzah!
The 6th Annual Revolutionary War Weekend was held on September 19-20, 2015, on the grounds of the Van Wyck Homestead and our group, Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot (FOFSD), on behalf of our partners the Fishkill Historical Society (FHS), would like to thank everyone who attended and all the volunteers who gave their time to make our event a big success.
An estimated 550 visitors were treated to a multitude of colonial era activities including blacksmithing, musket ball fabricating, candle making and cannon/artillery demonstrations. Tours of the Van Wyck Homestead, herb garden and regimental encampments were provided all day and interpretive walking tours to the burial ground at select times on both days.
On Saturday, visitors witnessed the unveiling of official National Park Service (NPS) display panels marking the Fishkill Supply Depot's inclusion in the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, known commonly as the W3R. The trail marks the route that the Continental Army and allied French forces traveled from Rhode Island to Yorktown for the final victory over the British during the American Revolutionary War.
Research conducted by our two groups over the past few years has uncovered Fishkill's clear connection to the French forces that served in the Revolution: Fishkill's bake ovens and stores provided the French Army with food during its march toward Yorktown and French soldier Jean Bonnaire, a fusilier of the Saintonge Regiment of Infantry, died in the hospital in "Phisquil" on October 31, 1781.
Along with the Van Wyck Homestead Museum's status as a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) site, the installation of the W3R panels further marks the national importance of the Fishkill Supply Depot and adds to the Town of Fishkill's rich cultural heritage.
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