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This marker refers to a small fort used during the
Revolutionary War known as the Sacandaga Blockhouse or
Mayfield Fort. 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.
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Sacandaga Blockhouse
Mayfield Fort
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."
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
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.
As printed in the pamphlet
Fulton County Roadside History 2009