Fort Decker, Port Jervis, New York

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Fort Decker, a stone house built in 1760, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a museum for the Minisink Valley Historical Society. Local folklore says this building was also once the headquarters for John B. Jervis, principal engineer for the Delaware and Hudson Canal, after whom the city is named.  There is no known evidence supporting that belief.   A 2016 search conducted by the Jervis Public  Library in Rome, New York, which  holds the engineer’s collected papers, failed to find any related correspondence sent or received from the village that came to bear his name. 

 

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