Flood opens window into NY fort’s historic past

This Fort has been in the news for several years with the state wanting to complete the destruction of it and others wanting to preserve NYS History. Looks like Mother Nature decided History is more important than buraucratic bull crap.
Time and the elements eat away at Fort Hunter, New York‘s Schoharie Creek Aqueduct, a circa-1840 engineering marvel of the Erie Canal. The aqueduct represents U.S. state parks and state-owned historic sites, listed as a single entry on the National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s 2010 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.” http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/05/photogalleries/100521-america-most-endangered-sites-pictures/

FORT HUNTER, N.Y. — Jane Fonda’s ancestors traded with Mohawk Indians here. One of the most powerful men in North America had his own elevated pews in the chapel. And the Mohawk dubbed “the Monster Brant” by his American foes showed that he wasn’t so monstrous after all.

Fort Hunter, built in the Mohawk Valley by the British 300 years ago, was a center of commercial, social and military activity for much of the 18th century before falling into disrepair and leaving behind few visible signs of its existence.

This week, a team of state archaeologists is wrapping up a three-month excavation made possible by one of the region’s worst natural disasters in decades.

Severe flooding caused by the torrential rain from Tropical Storm Irene in late August sent the Schoharie Creek surging over its banks, scouring away the soil underneath the parking lot at the creekside Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, located in this rural Montgomery County hamlet 35 miles northwest of Albany.

The flood waters tore up large chunks of blacktop and concrete and left them scattered about the site, but they also uncovered some of the long-buried remnants of Fort Hunter, built by the English in 1712 near a Mohawk village.

When the waters receded and the archaeologists started digging in September, they found plenty of 18th-century artifacts littering the area, including musket balls, pipe stems, ceramic pottery and glass bottle fragments, and coins. One British coin with a square hole punched in the middle likely decorated a Mohawk’s clothing, Roets said.

Archaeological excavations conducted in 1987 ahead of the parking lot’s construction uncovered some evidence of the fort’s foundations, but the current work has revealed far more evidence of the site’s storied past, officials said.

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2 Responses to Flood opens window into NY fort’s historic past

  1. Bigfoot says:

    In 2010, I visited the home of William Johnson, a British agent who was married to Joseph Brant’s sister Molly, in Johnstown. Because of Johnson’s efforts, the Iroquois became British allies in the French and Indian War, and (for the most part) during the Revolution. Johnson died in 1774, thus sparing the Continental army from having to fight against him.


    • a12iggymom says:

      The article in our local almost went unnoticed, being tucked in the back pages as a ‘filler’. I have half-heartedly been following the demise of this piece of history. Glad someone decided it was worth a second look.


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