Women save the day.
A History of Old Kinderhook from Aboriginal Days to the Present Time ... by
Edward A. Collier (New York, 1914)
"There was a small stockade, dignified with name of Fort, at Kinderhook, to
which the neighboring inhabitants were accustomed to resort for refuge in
case of approaching danger. [The present Schnapper house, at one time the
parsonage of the Dutch church, was within the stockade.] On one occasion of
alarm given in consequence of the approach of a party of Indians, mothers
with their children and all the females in the neighborhood, repaired to the
fort for safety. It so happened that all the men in the vicinity were absent
at the time. To disguise their weakness, under the lead of Mrs. Hoes, a
brave Dutch vrouw who volunteered to command on the occasion, the women,
occupying a position where only the covering of their heads could be seen by
their invaders, put on men's hats and made great noises. The Indians,
deceived by these indications of strength, did not venture to attack the
Hoes is pronounce Hoos (the 'oe' is the same as in shoe). vrouw (frow as in
cow) means wife . The time period was about 1755.
Around the same time as this incident, a man named John Gardinier was
Can anyone tell us more about the fort and its location?