On Saturday, May 26, 2018, historic preservation groups held the Second Annual Heroes of Fishkill event commemorating the town’s Revolutionary War patriots. This year’s gathering, with an estimated 75 attendees, featured presentations on Revolutionary War medicine, the Colonial families of Fishkill, and LaFayette’s travel through Fishkill in May 1780, a talk given by Dr. Robert A. Selig, Historian and Consultant to the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail.
Participants walked among the final resting places of Continental Army soldiers thanks to markers emplaced by the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Also participating were the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Boy Scouts of America, and the 5th NY Regimental and “Hearts of Oak” period re-enactors. The event took place at the Rombout Rural Cemetery and was hosted by the Cemetery Association, Friends of Griffin’s Tavern, and Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot.
Also in attendance were board members of the National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association (W3R-US), Janet Lee Burnet, Blanche Hunnewell, Jeff Canning and Julie Didell. W3R-US Banners were on display at the speakers table, along with the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Brochure, and the Hudson River National Heritage Area Revolutionary War brochure that features the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.