Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot is seeking volunteers for two special projects which can make great contributions to the preservation of "the last of the important Revolutionary War sites yet to be properly explored," a local historical site of national importance. (Granted this is Fishkill, not Beacon, but indulge us - the two towns are very interconnected…)
The website www.fishillsupplydepot.org
has done its job getting our preservation message across, but it’s high time for a CMS-platform site. We are seeking a web volunteer who can set up a new Joomla, WordPress or Drupal site. This will be a quick and easy project for anyone with those skills, as design elements are simple and clearly understood, content is ready for transfer, and your production partner does web projects professionally (just lacking CMS-setup-technical-savvy).
Artist’s rendering of military encampment: A picture is worth a thousand words. There are no known extant historical images of the Fishkill Supply Depot except some tantalizing renderings of quonset-hut-like structures on a 1778 map. But research has produced a fairly reliable idea of what structures existed on the site and where they were located. A bird’s eye view of what the site might have looked like at the height of its activity would make a great contribution to bringing to life the Depot’s purpose and significance. There is a decent likelihood that grant funding could be obtained for this project.
What is the Fishkill
The Fishkill Supply Depot and Encampment is a National Register of Historic Places-designated Revolutionary War Site in Fishkill. Central to the founding of the United States, its strategic importance to General George Washington cannot be overestimated. Occupied for almost the duration of eight-year-long war as a major logistical center and encampment funded by the Continental Congress, the Depot complex covered over 70 acres and contained a compact city of barracks for thousands of soldiers, officer housing, prison, major hospital, armory, powder magazine, parade grounds, black smiths, tent shops, bakeshops and other essential military facilities.
An archeological study completed in 2009 formally confirmed that hundreds of America’s first veterans are buried here in unmarked graves. There is no known burial site of Revolutionary War soldiers that is larger. Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot was formed to advocate for the preservation, study, and proper interpretation of this nationally important revolutionary war site. For more information, visit www.fishkillsupplydepot.org