Saturday, October 5, 2019

Where The Forts Once Stood - The 12 Forts Between Lock Haven & Sunbury PA

From A Well-Executed Failure: The Sullivan Campaign against the Iroquois, July-September 1779 by Joseph R. Fischer
"These forts, Fort Augusta alone excepted, scarcely deserved the name of forts, as they were poorly constructed, and destitute of cannon. Still, they afforded protection to many a white family who must, otherwise, have been tomahawked and scalped by the Indians, who, by the way, often had good cause for complaint and for doing what they did to our rude frontier settlers...  Fort Augusta at Sunbury was the larges, strongest, and most important of all of our forts, as it had as early as 1758, 12 cannon, 2 swivels, and 4 blunderbusses, all in good order, with an ample supply of powder, grape shot, cut shot, and other warlike materials, and was manned with 189 soldiers, including the officers in the garrison." - John F. Wolfinger Esq, in an article for the Sun Gazette in 1870

An article in the Sunbury Gazette on Oct 1 1870 lists the 12 forts that spanned the area between Lock Haven and Sunbury, as follows:
  1.  Fort Reed [Reid] - "which stood where the town of Lock Haven now stands"
  2.  For Horn - "which stood on Crispen's run, a little below Chathan's run, on the south side of the river"
  3.  Fort Antes - "which stood where the grist mill now stands at the mouth of Nippenose creek, opposite the town of Jersey Shore"
  4.  Fort Huff - "which stoood where the village of Jaysburg now stands, near the mouth of the Lycoming Creek
  5.  Fort Muncy - (Muncy Farms, or Fort Wallis) "which stood a few miles above the town of Muncy, on Carpenters run"
  6.  Fort Brady - "which stood on the south side of Muncy Creek, near where Port Penn now stands, on the west side of the town of Muncy. "
  7.  Fort Freeland - "which stood on the warrior run creek, about half a mile north east of the Warrior Run church in Northumberland county. "
  8.  Fort Heminger (Menninger) - which stood at the mouth of the Warrior Run, near Watsontown.  
  9.  Fort Boone - "which stood at the mouth of Muddy run, a short distance from Warrior Run" (Later, Kemmerers Mill)
  10.  Fort Schwartz - "which stood on the river band avout a mile above the town of Milton"
  11.  Fort Rice - "which stood on Chilisquaque Creek near where Washingtonville in Montour county now stands, being our frontier fort in that direction" (actually located on Muddy Creek, on current day Fort Rice Road in Turbotville)
  12.  Fort Augusta - "which stood on the south side of the North Branch of the Susquehanna river, about a mile above the town of Sunbury".

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Additional Forts In Our Area:

  • Fort Titzell - Near Kelly Crossroads in New Columbia Pa (Not really a fort at all)
  • Fort Jenkins. Located on the north bank of the North Branch of the Susquehanna, in Centre township, Columbia county, about midway between the present towns of Berwick and Bloomsburg.  
  • Fort Bosley, or Bosley's Mills/Fort Boyle/Fort Brady. Located at Washingtonville, Derry township, Montour county, in the forks of the Chilisquaqua Creek
  •  Fort Wheeler. Located on banks of Fishing Creek, about three miles above present town of Bloomsburg, on B. & S. R. R, In Scott township, Columbia county, at Shew's paper mill.
  • Fort McClure. Located on bank of river within the present limits of town of Bloomsburg, Columbia county, Penna.
  • Fort Jenkins located on the north bank of the North Branch of the Susquehanna, in Centre township, Columbia county, about midway between the present towns of Berwick and Bloomsburg.

Sunbury Gazette on Oct 1 1870 


Fort Hendricks / The Schoch Block House

The Historical Record. (1897). 


  1. I think the one listed as Ft Heminger was actually Ft Menninger at what is now White Deer where Widow Catherine Smith had her mills.

  2. I'm also curious about Fort Huff. I'm an 18th century buff and live very near the old Jaysburg area of Williamsport and have never heard of this particular fort. Was it perhaps the unfinished fort to which the locals were fleeing when they were caught in the Plum Thicket Massacre? I would be very interested in any further information.

  3. Pittston Fort:


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