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 local historical society.  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, however, 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.  Likewise, the historical society itself also has no proof that the notably accomplished 19th century civil engineer ever stayed here.

 

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