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Fort Piper was built in Yellow Creek Valley in the now present Hopewell Township in Pennsylvania, USA approximately in 1777[1] as a settler's fort during the time of the American Revolutionary War. There is no data of provincial records showing that this fort was authorized to be built or if it was a garrison. This fort was named after Colonel John Piper, one of the most highly regarded heroes of these colonial times and had held several positions of honor and trust under the early authorities of that period.

Background

In around 1771 Colonel John Piper settled in the Yellow Creek Valley where upon the south end of Black Oak Ridge, he constructed a log fort for the protection of himself and the local settlers. He came to the area as Lieutenant Colonel of the county during the Revolutionary War and was active in the protection of the local settlements from hostile Indian attacks. A period of time after the construction of the wooden fort, Colonel Piper constructed a two story stone dwelling and it is said that settlers fled there for refuge during hostilities. This became known as Fort Piper and still stands of this present day in remarkable condition.

Location and construction

The site of this fort is in Pennsylvania's Hopewell Township six miles northwest of Everett and in the center of Yellow Creek Valley.

Military Background

The wooden stockade, that was originally constructed was frequented by the troops of the Revolution sent to that area to protect the settlers.

References

  1. Lois Mulkearn; Edwin V. Pugh (15 June 1954). A Traveler's Guide to Historic Western Pennsylvania. University of Pittsburgh Pre. pp. 146–. ISBN 978-0-8229-7531-1. http://books.google.com/books?id=lNYpcxnoSXsC&pg=PA146. 
  • Report of the Commission to Locate the Site of the Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania, Vol. 1, Clarence M. Busch, State Printer of Pennsylvania, 1896.
  • “The Frontier Forts in the Cumberland and Juniata Valleys,” Jay Gilfillan Weiser, pp. 490–491.
  • Bedford County Genealogy Project (http://www.pa-roots.com/~bedford/)

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