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Another season underway for expanded Fort Roberdeau

Last October, Fort Roberdeau ended its season at just about the same time it acquired a long-sought after piece of adjacent farmland from the Good family, of whom owned the Sunny Mead Farm.
Now, with the newly acquired land in hand, executive director Peggy Goodman says the Fort is already up and running for another year. The new season began on Saturday, May 1 and will run through the end of October.
“We acquired the farm which included all the land that was originally part of the Fort Roberdeau historical site,” Goodman told The Daily Herald. “We wanted to put back the original tract.”
The Fort Roberdeau Association purchased the 151-acre Sunny Mead Farm to protect and preserve the area associated with the 1778 fort. Future allowable uses include agriculture, education, conservation and interpretation of the role the original fort and its people during the American Revolution.
Goodman explained the farm property is the site of the original lead deposits which made the area so attractive to Revolutionary War figures. The military was in need of ammunition. The area’s lead deposits allowed for mining operations to begin which then required protection for the miners which led to the creation of the fort.
“We really wanted to acquire the farm,” said Goodman. “Also, we didn’t want to see development occurring around the fort because it’s so pristine. There are very few modern intrusions and there are archeology resources which we didn’t want obliterated.
“It will provide us with a better ability to interpret the story of the lead mining that occurred here. We now actually have lead deposits and we are hoping to put a trail out in addition to the three we have already,” said Goodman.
“We want to do some interpretation, in terms of how they mined the lead, how they processed it and how they smelted it and then sent it east to Washington’s Army for bullets,” explained Goodman.
She said the acquisition of the land was a five-year process which required cooperation on several levels including state, county and local officials. Some funding was obtained through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the association was able to use a