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The newly-formed Washington Crossing Park Association (WCPA) has friends in Fishkill. FOFSD Vice President Bill Marsch (left) and WCPA President Joe Carney (right) recently presented a wreath at Washington's tomb in Mount Vernon, VA. Together they hope to bring attention to repairs needed at Washington Crossing Park, the site of the famous Christmas Eve crossing of the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War.

Washington's tomb

The list of repairs is expansive. WCPA hopes to enlarge the visitorsí center, which currently doubles as a museum; restore several pavilions built there by the relief program Works Progress Administration in the 1930s; repair historic houses on the property, including the John Phillips house, which is one of the oldest structures in New Jersey; and rebuild a number of footbridges found throughout the park, including two that were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

The WCPA is also on Facebook. Friends of the FOFSD are encouraged to stop by their page and "like" it. Follow the link WCPA on FB to show your support. Huzzah!


Dutchess County Legislator Alison MacAvery has written a wonderful piece about the Fishkill Supply Depot and its legacy. Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on March 24, 2014, the article draws attention to ongoing efforts to preserve this sacred portion of our disappearing history.

Read the full story at: Legislative spotlight: Protect Van Wyck Homestead site


Introducing the "Circle of Patriots"

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There are few opportunities to directly honor the soldiers who served under General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. The "Circle of Patriots" offers you that opportunity!

 

 

The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot are proud to announce our 2014 fundraising campaign: "Circle of Patriots." Join us in our mission to protect, preserve and promote the legacy of the Fishkill Supply Depot and honor the 300+ soldiers who lie in the largest Continental Army burial ground in the United States of America.

Your donation to the "Circle of Patriots" will ensure the continued success of our organization as we:

  • Commemorate the soldiers and continue our efforts to preserve the burial ground,
  • Prevent the further loss of land to commericial development within the Depot's borders ,
  • Uncover our rich American history here at the Fishkill Supply Depot through archaeological and archival research, and
  • Present educational programs to increase awareness of the Fishkill Supply Depot's role in the fight for our independence.

A donation of 25 dollars will signify your committment at the level of Patriot, [100 dollars - Minuteman], [250 dollars - Continental], [500 dollars - Aide to General Israel Putnam] and for a donation of 1000 dollars or more you will be listed as Aide to General George Washington. All persons who donate to our campaign will be recongized on our website (Wall of Fame) and at community events unless you would rather remain anonymous. In addition, with your donation of 100 dollars or more, we will place a wreath on the grave of a Fishkill Supply Depot soldier at our annual Wreaths Across America event in December, 2014.

Join the "Circle of Patriots" by making your donation today! Use PayPal (right) to donate or submit our webform and receive your invitation by mail. Either way, you'll benefit in knowing that you have made a difference, a significant difference, in preserving, protecting and promoting our American Revolutionary War heritage at the Fishkill Supply Depot!

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Every donation helps

24 More Soldiers Identified

Tribute Wall

November 11, 2013 - Research and hard work has paid off as we release the names of 24 more soldiers identified as "died at Fishkill." Among the newly discovered soldiers, 15 served with the Commonwealth of Virginia, 3 had ranks higher than Private, and 4 had the rank of Matross, a billet associated with artillery units. A Matross is one who assists the gunners in loading, firing, and sponging the cannons and other artillery pieces. Also of note is the month of October 1778, when 11 of the soldiers passed away at the Supply Depotís hospital.

Read more on our Tribute page or visit our interactive Tribute Wall where the names of all 84 soldiers are embedded in blocks of granite. Use your mouse to hover-over each soldier to view his service details while listening to Revolutionary War era music. A must see!


Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America

On December 14, 2013, at the 3rd annual WAA event in Fishkill, 137 wreaths were laid on the graves of the soldiers in the burial ground. Special thanks to the 5th NY, Beacon GS Troop 10403, Bob Lacolla, Alison MacAvery, Will Tatum, the Burr/Wolf/Fehr family, FHS and everyone who helped lay the wreaths.

 

Revolutionary War Weekend

Cannon fire demo

"The scent of fresh bread and apple pie filled the Hudson Valley at the 4th annual Revolutionary War Weekend as the NEW Colonial Clay Oven was dedicated with ceremony on September 16, 2013 at the Van Wykc Homestead." Full story. View all past events on our Events page.


Memorial Day Observance Ceremony

Our 1st annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony was a big success. Visitors from as far away as Florida, Ohio and Arizona came to honor the soldiers buried at Fishkill. An estimated 70 friends met at the historic Van Wyck Homestead on Route 9 and made their way to the burial ground where FOFSD President Lance Ashworth delivered a captivating speech on the Fishkill Supply Depot and its legacy. New York State Senator Terry Gipson, Town of Fishkill Supervisor Bob LaColla and Dutchess County Legislator Alison MacAvery also spoke at the event. The crowd was visibly moved as the names of identified soldiers were read. Special thanks to the 5th NY & the 2nd Connecticut regiments for making the trip to Fishkill.


The Timepiece

the Timepiece

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
dew wet upon the ground,
when I saw the young boy soldier
standing near an earthen mound . . .

 

AHA Society visits Fishkill

AHA society

 

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