The 6th Annual Revolutionary War Weekend (September 19-20) is just around the corner and this years' event beckons to be the biggest and best ever. On Saturday, September 19th at 1:00 pm, the Fishkill Historical Society (FHS) and Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot (FOFSD) will unveil 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.
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.
Additionally, visitors to the 6th Annual Revolutionary War Weekend can expect a multitude of colonial era activities including blacksmithing and musket ball fabricating, candle making and cannon/artillery demonstrations and rumours have it that Founding Father Benjamin Franklin will make an appearance. Tours of the Van Wyck Homestead, herb garden and regimental encampments are provided all day and interpretive walking tours to the burial ground at select times on both days. All are free to the public.
WHERE: Van Wyck Homestead -
504 Route 9 Fishkill NY 12524
WHEN: Sat/Sun, September 19 - 20 from 10 - 4 pm
WHY: It's a family fun event! (Full event schedule coming soon)
Please join us as we celebrate Fishkill's rich Rev War heritage and help honor the soldiers buried here. Make sure you try some of our apple pie baked in a colonial clay oven. It's yummy, Patriot style!
Preservation Grant News
As you may be aware, last year the National Park Service awarded the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot a 24 thousand dollar American Battlefield Protection Program preservation grant to consolidate past studies and archaeological findings of the Fishkill Supply Depot into one, all-inclusive report. Hunter Research, Inc. was chosen to complete the task and on Sunday, October 25th they will present "Fishkill - Military Supply Hub of the Revolutionary War: A Historical and Archaeological Overview" a public presentation designed to provide Fishkill-area residents, community partners, and stakeholders with basic information on the character and importance of the Fishkill Supply Depot site and stimulate discussion about preservation opportunities. The event will take place at Hyatt-House Fishkill and registration information will be finalized in early October.
America Spirit Magazine
Kudos to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) for featuring the Fishkill Supply Depot in their May/June issue of American Spirit.
The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot want to express our deepest thanks for bringing attention to our struggle and in honoring the men of the supply depot who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives at Fishkill. Published by Hammock Inc., American Spirit is the award-winning magazine of NSDAR available at newsstands today but we highly recommend you subscribe. The cost is only 18 dollars per year! To purchase American Spirit by mail, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or to place your order by phone, call 1-866-327-6242 and tell them you're a friend of the Fishkill Supply Depot!
Special thanks go out to Jamie Roberts. Your guidance made this wonderful article a reality. Huzzah!
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