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Season’s Greetings and Holiday Blessings from Fort Roberdeau

Glenn Nelson

Season’s Greetings and Holiday Blessings from Fort Roberdeau

As 2019 comes to a close, Fort Roberdeau celebrates another year of sharing the local history and frontier life during the American Revolution. 

I am blessed to have a supportive County Commissioners office and a visionary Fort Roberdeau Association Board of Directors along with a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.  All contribute daily to meeting the Fort’s mission and serving all the park visitors from school groups, public tours and recreational users with joy and pride in their work.

 

A few personal highlights from the year:

Ø  Participation in the Grave Marker Dedication for General Roberdeau in Winchester, Virginia with Tom Gavazzi and Cam Pickens, Fort Volunteers, saluting General Roberdeau with musket fire alongside local reenactment units.  Kathy Roberdeau Alwin singing a period tribute to her great grandfather.   Thank you for the invitation from the Daughters of American Revolution- Fort Loudon Chapter.                                   

Ø  Grant Award from PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources to improve site accessibility and accommodations.                                                                                                                                             

Ø  Invitation to join the American Revolution Round Table of Central PA Board of Directors.                                                         

Ø  Visitors from Sonoma, California to participate in the Mountain Lion Observatory’s Anniversary program.                               

Ø  School tours scheduled for every school day in May by the end of January.                                                                                          

Ø  Veterans recognition program conducted by Bob and Will Emerson of Old Fort Niagara displaying and demonstrating the gear and drills of the American Revolutionary war soldier in the Continental Army.                                 

Ø  Fort Roberdeau Association membership steadily growing and our first Members Soiree to kick-off the tour season.  Please consider renewing or securing a membership for 2020!

Speaking of 2020, here are two Fort happenings I’m really looking forward to:

Ø  2020 Mountain Lion Observatory Programs.  Please check our website and Facebook page for updates. Program guides available at the Fort. 

Ø  Revolutionary War Days celebrates its 40th Anniversary, July 18-19, 2020.  This anniversary will be commerrated as a Family Alumni Event as Fort Roberdeau invites direct descendants of all who served at Fort Roberdeau including General Roberdeau’s family.  Exciting Times indeed.

Ø   Hazzuh in spirit from the Fort community, near and far, to yours.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Glenn Nelson, Executive Director

Thank You

To our volunteers, staff, supporters and members of the FRA for all of your help and work. We appreciate everything you do to help bring history to life!

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What we are

The Fort Roberdeau Association is a not-for-profit organization that helps to support the activities at Fort Roberdeau.

As a member of the Fort Roberdeau Association, you support the activities at the site. It is a wonderful opportunity to share your interest in history with others like you!

Why we are

When someone visits a history site and all of a sudden history is not the a stagnant story, but something a living and breathing, a true education moment has occurred, and  we have accomplished what we set out to do. Our purpose it to help bring history to life.

Who we are

We are the organization that preserves the site of the original 1778 fort and helps educate the public about the history of the fort and the surrounding area during the Revolutionary War period.

How it starts

Membership in the Fort Roberdeau Association is open to anyone who wants to support the effort to preserve and tell the story of Fort Roberdeau.

About the Fort

The fort, also known as The Lead Mine Fort, is a reconstruction of the original fort that stood here in the 18th Century. The original fort was built in 1778, during the American Revolution to help supply the Continental forces with lead for ammunition. It was built of horizontal logs with a bastion at each corner. The fort was a cabin fort, with 48 cabins in the initial structure, which helped reinforce the walls.

General Daniel Roberdeau organized and paid for the construction. It protected local lead mining activities, as well as local settlers from the Native Americans and Tories in the region.

The fort, also known as The Lead Mine Fort, is a reconstruction of the original fort that stood here in the 18th Century. The original fort was built in 1778, during the American Revolution to help supply the Continental forces with lead for ammunition. It was built of horizontal logs with a bastion at each corner. The fort was a cabin fort, with 48 cabins in the initial structure, which helped reinforce the walls.

General Daniel Roberdeau organized and paid for the construction. It protected local lead mining activities, as well as local settlers from the Native Americans and Tories in the region.

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18th Century "Sour Crout" or Pickled Cabbage

Cabbage was a common food throughout the colonies. It was preserved by thinly slicing the cabbage and then putting it in saltwater, vinegar or a combination of both. Other herbs and spices could be added for flavor.

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