New Event Added
Join us for Sue Gardner's presentation about John Hathorn of Warwick (Orange County) who has always been an enigmatic figure. "The man who lost the Battle of Minisink" was a successful military leader, politician, and activist, but remained in the shadows due to the destruction of his collected papers shortly after his death. A search spanning more than 15 years has turned up a great deal about Hathorn, his close involvement with the early days of the nation and New York State, and the activities of his men during the Revolutionary War. This illustrated presentation will trace evidence of this forgotten founding father and the men who were under his command.
Bio: Sue Gardner is Deputy Town Historian for Warwick and Local History Librarian at Albert Wisner Public Library. She founded “The Friends of Hathorn House” in recent years to help preserve the historic home and the legacy of Hathorn and his regiment. hathornhouse.wordpress.com
The slide presentation will take place at the Van Wyck Hall (Fishkill Village Hall) located at 1095 Main Street (Route 52) in the Village of Fishkill. Sunday, April 8th, at 2:00 PM. No admission fee – donations gladly accepted. Light refreshments will be available. All are encouraged to attend and we hope to see your there!
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"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 that 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 Saturday, November 4, 2017, Revolutionary War re-enactors from the 5th New York and other regiments ceremonially guarded the Fishkill Supply Depot. The symbolic "Guarding of the Supply Depot" comes at a time when the Continental Commons development plan threatens to destroy the many cultural resources at the site, including the foundation of a soldiers' barracks building first identified by archaeologists operating under the direction of Temple University in the early 1970s. Historical records indicate that on the exact same date 240 years ago (in 1777) the Fishkill Supply Depot was under threat of attack by local Tories and its security posture was heightened to meet the enemy.
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]
Sign and share our petition
In an effort to show community support for the opposition to Continental Commons development plan, we have initiated an on-line petition to be sent
to Town of Fishkill officials. Please join the thousands of people who have signed the petition and share it with family & friends
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[George Washington's Revolutionary War site at Fishkill NY threatened by IHOP construction]
Heroes of Fishkill-->
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,