Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Decker Fort, Port Jervis


This gray stone building is the historic Decker Fort in Port Jervis located in the Tri-State area. It dates back to 1793. Two memorial plaques tells its dramatic story.

The first plaque states:

DECKER FORT HOME OF MARTINUS DECKER, BURNED BY BRANTS RAIDERS, JULY 20TH 1779. REBUILT 1793. HEADQUARTERS OF JOHN B. JERVIS 1826-1828.

The second plaque has the following text:

THE MACHAKEMECH CHAPTER DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION OF PORT JERVIS PLACE THIS TABLET TO MARK THE FORT BURNED BY THE INDIANS AND TORIES UNDER COMMAND OF JOSEPH BRANT IN THE YEAR 1779. REBUILT IN 1793.

The Decker Fort predates all buildings in Port Jervis. The original stone building was built by a Dutch immigrant Fredrick Haynes in 1760, and served as a defense during the French and Indian war.

Haynes left the building to the Decker family. It was burned down July 20th 1779 during a raid on the settlement led by the pro-British Indian leader Joseph Brandt.

The building was rebuilt in 1793, and served as a private residence until 1903. In 1826, it house dengineers working on the Delaware and Hudson Canal, including John Jervis, whom gave name to the city.

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