Fort Hunter (1)

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Fort Hunter (1) (1755-1758, 1763) - A fortified settler stockade and gristmill established in 1755 during the French & Indian War by Samuel Hunter in present day Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Later garrisoned by provincial troops untill 1758. Abandoned as a fortification in 1758 but temporarly occupied during 1763. Also known as Fort at Hunter's Mill and Captain Thomas McKee's Fort.

Fort Hunter Sketch from the Marker
Fort Hunter Roadside Marker
Fort Hunter Mansion Built on the Site of the Old Fort and Grist Mill

French & Indian War (1754-1763)

Susquehanna River from the Site of Fort Hunter

The stockade and blockhouse was built at the mouth of Fishing Creek on the east bank of the Susquehanna River by Samuel Hunter, probably in response to the Penn's Creek Massacre on 16 Oct 1755. In January 1756 the fort was garrisoned by provincial troops from Colonel William Clapham's Augusta Regiment and commanded by Captains Thomas McKee and James Patterson. The fort was used to protect local settlers and as a supply point for the construction of Fort Augusta (1). A barracks was built outside the stockade to house troops headed for the garrison at Fort Augusta (1).

The post was abandoned as a fortification in 1758 but was temporarily occupied during 1763.

Current Status

The site is now occupied by the Fort Hunter Mansion and Museum. Part of Fort Hunter County Park in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Location: Fort Hunter County Park, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Street address is 5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.342603 Long: -76.910133

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Visited: 20 Apr 2012


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