Fort Swatara

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Fort Swatara (1756-1758) - A settler built stockaded blockhouse established during the French & Indian War in 1756 by Peter Hedrick in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania. Improved and commanded by Captain Frederick Smith. Abandoned as a fortification in 1758. Also known as Smith's Fort and Captain Frederick Smith's Fort.

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Fort Swatara was a settler stockaded blockhouse established during the French & Indian War in early January 1756 by Captain Peter Hedrick in response to Indian attacks in the area. Captain Frederick Smith and his company were mustered into provincial service early in January 1756 and on 26 Jan 1856 were ordered to establish a defense or occupy and improve the existing defense at Swatara and Manada. The garrison at both forts was spread between the fort and settlers homes protecting the dwellings and the workers in the field.

The post was probably abandoned in 1758.

Current Status

Private Property in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

Location: On Private Property, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

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Lat: 40.46456 Long: -76.51436

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Visited: 24 Apr 2012

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