Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
At Fort Lee, “hutting” – the building of permanent huts – was started at General Greene’s command to:
“Fix proper places for barracks, none to be nearer the fort than 50 rods…build timber huts…boards are to be had only for the roof. The huts were to be 12 feet long by 9 feet wide, to have stone chimneys and to be ranged in proper streets.”
The huts, each housing 8 men, had earth flooring with sod, mud and clay used to chink the log timbers. Stone, used for the fireplace and chimney, was cemented with clay or possibly lime mortar.
As late as 1900, just about 50 rods (825 feet) from the bastion site at the edge of Fort Lee Borough, stone heaps lined in regular rows could still be seen marking the location of some of those huts.
Erected by Fort Lee Historic Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 40° 50.913′ N, 73° 57.821′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Barbette Battery (a few steps from this marker); Musketry Breastwork (within shouting distance of this marker); Abatis Construction at Fort Lee (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Chronology 1776 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cannons (about 400 feet away); Military Magazine (about 500 feet away); Mortar Battery (about 600 feet away); The American Crisis (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. The left of the marker contains an illustration of one of the soldier huts that used to stand on this site, and have been recreated here.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follows the walking tour of Fort Lee Historic Park.
Also see . . . Battle of Fort Washington. American Revolutionary War website entry (Submitted on August 30, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,995 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on November 23, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 6, 7. submitted on November 23, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.