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|The actual site on Lot # 14 of the Sacandaga Patent is
now under the Sacandaga Lake as the Sacandaga Valley
was flooded. It was attacked once and defended by its
lone occupant, Samuel Woodworth against a small
raiding party. Colonel Willet thought it was an
unnecessary fort and refereed to it as "Fort Folly." It
served more as a respite for scouting parties rather than
as a fort.
LOCATION: This marker is on the Vandenburgh
Point Road near what was once the south end of
Munsonville, in front of a farm on the north side of the
road just before the Perque Road intersection.
|IMPORTANT NOTE: In the Fulton County Roadside History issued by Fulton County 2009,
it states that Samuel Woodworth held the fort whilst Washington Frothingham states clearly that
Solomon Woodworth held the fort. Also in this excerpt it is clear that this was an important
stand against the attack for Mayfield and if the statement of Colonel Willett is in fact true, it
should strike a cord of disdain to all of us in Mayfield.
|Excerpt from HISTORY of MAYFIELD, NY
FROM HISTORY OF FULTON COUNTY
REVISED AND EDITED BY: WASHINGTON FROTHINGHAM
PUBLISHED BY D. MASON & CO. PUBLISHERS, SYRACUSE, NY 1892
|Solomon Woodworth, an intrepid pioneer, was born in Connecticut about 1730, and came
to Mayfield with his brother Selah, purchasing a tract of land southeast of the village of
Mayfield, part of which now constitutes the farms of Jefferson Brooks and B. B.
Vandenburgh. The Indians at that time were very troublesome, amid this was so repulsive
to Selah that he tried to induce his brother to return with him to Connecticut until the war
should be over and the country in a more settled state. This Solomon would not consent to,
and proceeded to locate on the Brooks farm, while but a short distance from his house he
built a stockade of logs in which to bitter in his hatred of the tories. The increasing
hostilities of the British and their savage allies made the home of the few pioneers especially
exposed to danger, and Mr. Woodworth found it necessary during these perilous times to
remain inside the stockade at night. A well known Mayfield writer, referring to this subject
in an article written some years ago, says: "Here in the winter of 1780, Solomon
Woodworth was attacked by a party of Indians. He was likely to run short of bullets, and
his faithful wife laid her little child by the fire, and with the spirit that characterized heroines
of that time, ran bullets as fast as her husband could shoot. The result was the retreat of the
Indians and tories with one wounded. Early in the morning Captain Woodworth rallied a
few of his band, followed the retreating party for three days, and at length surprised and
killed them all."
|* Fulton County Roadside History 2009