Brant’s July 1779 Raid Bus Tour
Follow Brant's Route and Learn History from Re-enactors and see a Colonial Cooking Demonstration.
Town of Deerpark Revolutionary War Event Saturday, July 18, 2015 7:45 a.m.
Committee members, dressed in period costume, will guide a tour along the route Mohawk Indian and British Loyalist, Joseph Brant, and his Tories took when they attacked settlements in our valley on July 20, 1779.
Frank Salvati provides extensive background information about Joseph Brant. The tour, which takes about two hours, travels along Route 42, Peenpack Trail, and Neversink Drive in the Town of Deerpark. Decker’s Stockade Fort, Solomon Davis Grist Mill, Black Rock School, Van Auken Fort, and Solomon Kuykendall Fort are among many of the locations attacked on this part of the route. The tour continues into Port Jervis where Brant had burned the Maghagamach Church, Peter Kuykendall's Tavern and Fort Decker. There will be an opportunity to visit the old Maghagamach Cemetery where the church resided and where Revolutionary War soldiers Martinus Decker and Simon Westfall are buried. The tour ends with a colonial period cooking demonstration at Fort Decker in West End prepared by the Minisink Valley Historical Society.
Registration Required – Begins and ends at Sparrowbush Fire House Main Street, Sparrowbush NY Adults $6.00 – Seniors $5.00 – Children $4.00 Box Lunch Available – $3.00 Registration Forms Available HERE, or at Town of Deerpark Museum, Town Hall For Information call: 845-754-8070 or 845-856-4515
This project is made possible, in part, with funds from The Deerpark Heritage Fund.