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June 17, 2006 Work Day

We have experienced many delays in our stockade project, and the weather has not been cooperative. This has turned out to be a very labor intensive project and labor has been in short supply. Now we have scheduled a work day for June 17, 2006 in hopes of having some of the bastion and wall up by Farm Day, the 24th. You may call Charles Hall at (304)496-7218 (evenings) for further information. We thank everyone for their offers for assistance and look forward to your assistance.

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    The Stockade Project:
    In accordance with the long range comprehensive plan for our site, The Fort Edwards Foundation is gathering material to reproduce the portion of the stockade wall that was discovered in the archaeological excavations of 2001. The stockade remnant containing an in-wall bastion was the most exciting feature discovered in our excavation, and it will be the first feature to be reproduced at another location in our property.

Stockade wall with bastion

    Our excavation could not tell us what type of logs Joseph Edwards used for the stockade, but we havelocust27.jpg decided for longevity we should use locust. The settlers knew the durability of locust and chestnut as well as white oak which are more impervious to rot than other species of wood especially when used in contact with the ground. Unfortunately, chestnut was wiped out by a blight a number of years ago, so it is no longer an option. Because of its durability, locust is quite hard to get since farmers keep it and use it for fence posts. Our inquiries among loggers in the area did not turn up any possibilities for securing locust. Therefore, we have had to haul locust logs from a source in Pennsylvania.  We also ask the support of our friends and neighbors - can you give us a locust log or two or three?

    To set the example one of our board members has contributed the logs shown above to the project. To the right is a 32 foot locust that we hope will become our flag pole once we take off the poison ivy and the bark. These logs came from the edge of an unused pasture area and are not straight, but we hope that with some judicious adze and drawbar work they will make a good, strong stockade.

locust23.jpg    The Foundation is asking everyone to look around their property and consider donating to our project any locust that is reasonably straight and which will give us a fourteen to sixteen foot long section of at least eight inches in diameter. If the log is large enough, as is the one on the left here, we may be able to split in half or quarters and get two or four posts from it. You will note the log shown here has already a small split in it that might make it relative easy to split it in half.  However, splitting locusts is not easy and if the log is not very straight the split will often twist around the log and give a bad half.

Bastion Wall Flag Pole

    Above you see the first step toward the stockade reproduction, the flag pole at the bastion's point.  This fort reproduction will be of benefit to our community as another feature for tourists to enjoy and for our school children to explore as they take part in our various school programs. We therefore are asking the community to support us by donating logs for the reproduction fort.   Even if you do not have logs to donate, you can help with the erection of the wall on June 17th. Come join in the fun!

Col. Washington needs your locust logs
and he needs your strong arms to work!

 


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