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Fort Plain Museum awarded grant

BROADALBIN – FORT PLAIN — The Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park recently was awarded a “Special Interest Grant” in the amount of $4,000 from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation of Syracuse.

The purpose of the grant is to fund a collection of artifacts found on the Stone Arabia battlefield. These artifacts represent military buttons, projectiles — musket and cannon balls — coins and soldiers’ material culture such as items used for everyday living. Preservation of these artifacts was made possible by the efforts of a local researcher/collector and the museum.

The Pomeroy Foundation’s Special Interest Grant Program compliments a previous grant secured by the FPM from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program awarded in 2019. This $50,000 federal grant, currently underway, seeks to study, map and interpret the historical events surrounding the battles of Stone Arabia and Klock’s Field.

The Battle of Stone Arabia was fought on Oct. 19, 1780 as part of the Patriots’ defense of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War. The British, Loyalist and Native American invasion led by Sir John Johnson and Joseph Brant is known as the “Burning of the Valleys” campaign. In the battle, the American commander, Col. John Brown was killed. Brown is buried in the cemetery near the Dutch Reform Church in Stone Arabia. Johnson was forced to retreat back to Canada after a pursuit engagement with American forces at Klock’s Field near St. Johnsville.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Pomeroy Foundation’s Special Interest Grant Program initiative,” said Norm Bollen, president of the FPM board of trustees. “These funds will allow us to display significant artifacts associated with the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Stone Arabia to the public and local school groups in the meaningful way.”

One of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s goals is to support historic research, preservation and historic and cultural tourism. In approving the grant, Trustee Deryn Pomeroy commended the Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park for its work in preserving valuable Mohawk Valley history.

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