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Fishkill Tries To Preserve Its Revolutionary Past

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Since the first guns of the American Revolution were fired, West Point has been considered the country’s most significant military installation on the Hudson River north of New York City. Defending the post was critical to achieve America’s independence. Farther north but forgotten over time, The Fishkill Supply Depot also was critical for the survival of the Continental Army and the birth of the United States.

The Fishkill military depot occupied 70 acres about 23 miles north of West Point. Mostly gone due to development during the 1960s and 1970s, the plight of the Fishkill Supply Depot site in Dutchess County, along with the uncertainty of remnants of a nearby tavern, has rallied a regiment of people to support the preservation of these properties as tributes to America’s first patriots.

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In 1683 Dutchess County became one of the twelve original counties of New York, here’s how it got its name.

According to the Dutchess County Government website, Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River in the year 1609 and claimed the valley for the Dutch Crown. When it came time to name the area, it was named after Mary of Modena, then Duchess of York and wife of the future King of England, King James II.

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Revolutionary War Battle Rages in Fishkill

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What may be the last battle of the American Revolution is being fought in Fishkill.

The fight pits an historical organization and residents against a pugnacious developer. It also involves a local government that until recently seemed ready to accommodate him.

At stake is a 10.5-acre parcel on the east side of Route 9 (the Albany Post Road of colonial days), opposite the largely vacant Dutchess Mall.

Over many years, the dispute has involved a thicket of litigation; allegations that someone salted the property with bones to suggest it contains important patriot burials; political maneuvering; withering attacks on social media; and spying on the historical group by an undercover investigator hired by the developer.

The skirmish reflects broader concerns about the impact of development on neighboring communities, including Beacon, which could end up processing the site’s sewage, and Philipstown, which shares mountains, streams and Revolutionary War history with Fishkill.

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