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Near Coxsackie in Greene County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Bronck Farm

Revolutionary War Heritage Trail

The Bronck Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 7, 2021
1. The Bronck Farm Marker
The Bronks, like many Dutch families, had deep roots in the Colony of New York. The transfer of their loyalty from the Dutch to the English and then to the Revolutionary government had been relatively smooth. By the beginning of the the Revolution, the Bronck family had become prosperous farmers, mill owners, local public officials and officers in the Albany County Militia. In 1780 First Lieutenant Leonard Bronck was appointed assistant state agent under Colonel Udny Hay.

During the Revolution the Coxsackie District remained relatively untouched by the raids and military engagements that had disrupted agriculture in much of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. In his position as state agent, it was Lieutenant Bronck's responsibility through purchase or impressments to acquire as much as possible of the agricultural production of Coxsackie District to provide the forage, grain, flour, beef, horses, shoes and stockings needed by the American forces. At home Leonard and his father operated the Bronck farm and mill to help meet an especially critical need for flour. All that remains of the Revolutionary War era Bronck mill is
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the early "French” mill stone that ground the flour to feed the army that would secure the independence of the new nation.

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Warrant from G.V. Schaick [Goose Van Schaick] of Albany authorizing the impressment of flour and meat for the army, August 7, 1780; to Leonard Bronck at Coxsackie.

By Virtue of the power & Authority to me given by his Excellency George Clinton, Governor of the State of New York, General & Commander in Chief of All the Militia & Admiral of the Navy of the same.
To Leonard Bronck Greeting.
The Occasion & Emergency requiring the same You are hereby Authorized to empress, Ten Tons Flour, or an Equivalent in wheat, & Twenty Thousand weight of Beef, or Fat Cattle Equivalent thereto, For the use & Service of the Army, For doing of which, this shall be Your Warrant.
Given under my hand at Albany this seventh day of August, in the Fifth year of the Independence of the said State, & in the Year of Our Lord, one Thousand, seven hundred and Eighty.
G.V. Schaick

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French millstone used to mill grain, Bronck Mill, circa 1780. This stone is currently located at the rear of the house.

Erected by Heritage New York.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture
The Bronck Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 7, 2021
2. The Bronck Farm Marker
War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is August 7, 1780.
Location. 42° 20.707′ N, 73° 50.804′ W. Marker is near Coxsackie, New York, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from County Route 42 near Peter Bronck Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 72 County Route 42, Coxsackie NY 12051, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Coxsackie Resolutions (here, next to this marker); The Bronck Family (here, next to this marker); The Bronck Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); In Tribute To (within shouting distance of this marker); Bronck Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Bronck House (within shouting distance of this marker); Thirteen Side Barn (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Reformed Low Dutch Church (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coxsackie.
Also see . . .  Pieter Bronck House Museum. (Submitted on July 11, 2021, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 1, 2023