It seems fitting on this 4th of July holiday that a grant from the Constitution Pipeline grant program helped make much-needed improvements to part of a battlefield where a Revolutionary War battle was originally fought, and now military reenactments take place. Owned by the Schoharie County Historical Society at the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex, in the Town and Village of Schoharie, NY, the site is used for historical reenactments and other history-related educational and community events.
“The clay below the battlefield’s surface keeps the area muddy for weeks after rain, creating hazardous walking conditions during outdoor events,” said Carle Kopecky, museum director.
With the grant dollars, they were able to install over 700 feet of perforated pipe and crushed stone in trenches to ensure the land drained properly. “Eliminating mud and ruts will improve public safety and provide handicap access to the field, which is visited by thousands annually,” Kopecky added.