“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Middleburg in Schoharie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Site of Middle Fort

(Fort Defiance)

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By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 24, 2008
1. Site of Middle Fort Marker
This Boulder Marks
The Site East of Which
Stood "The Middle Fort"
(Fort Defiance) One Of
The Bulwarks Of Defence
Of The Settlers Of The
Schoharie Valley During
The Revolutionary Period

Erected By Schoharie Chapter
Daughters Of The American Revolution

Erected 1921 by Schoharie Chapter, Daughters Of The American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 42° 36.318′ N, 74° 20.246′ W. Marker is in Middleburg, New York, in Schoharie County. Marker is on Middle Fort Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is the shade of the trees on the lawn directly north of the Middleburg Reformed Church. Marker is in this post office area: Middleburgh NY 12122, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Site of Middle Fort (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burial Place (approx. 1.4 miles away); Timothy Murphy (approx. 3.2 miles
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, May 24, 2008
2. Site of Middle Fort Marker
The marker is on the lawn of the Reformed Church, which is in the background.
away); The Upper Fort 1777 (approx. 3.2 miles away); Schoharie Free Movies (approx. 4.3 miles away); Throop Drug Store (approx. 4.3 miles away); Swarts Tavern (approx. 5 miles away); Old Stone Fort Museum (approx. 5.3 miles away).
Regarding Site of Middle Fort. The Middle Fort - "About one-half mile east of the railroad depot, and a few rods to the left of the railway, as you approach Middleburg, stands the stone kitchen of the house of Johannes Becker, a "well-to-do" man at the time of the Revolution. Owing to its size and strength, and perhaps the interest felt by the proprietor, this building was selected as the "citadel " of the " Middle Fort " and which, tradition tells us, was enclosed, with two or three acres of land, by a stockade. Within the stockade, and around the Becker Mansion, were erected temporary barracks and dwellings for the troops sent from abroad to assist the home guards, and for the accommodation of the families living in the vicinity, during an expected invasion. Nothing remains of the Middle Fort today but a little stone kitchen. The imagination must create the rest. Here the "Bowld Soger Buys" from the outside world came
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 31, 2011
3. Site of Middle Fort Marker
The dirt on the marker was left there by the flood waters of the Schoharie Creek after Hurricane Irene in late Ausgust 2011. The church in the background, along with much of the village of Middleburg, suffered severe damage from the flooding.
from time to time to show their military skill and buttons, eat the "kraut" and "liverwurst" provided by the "gutefraus," and flirt with the Low Dutch lassies. Within this stockade, Bartholomew C. Vroman espoused his cousin Susanna, and from its gate, Lieutenant Boyd went forth to meet the fulfillment of the curse pronounced upon him by the girl whom he had betrayed, and whose honor he refused to restore."
From the text of "Military records of Schoharie County Veterans of Four Wars", 1891
Also see . . .  Middle Fort (Fort Defiance). (Submitted on December 17, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Categories. Forts, CastlesPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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