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Sharon Historical Society Hosting Potluck Luncheon

Written By Editor on 8/7/23 | 8/7/23

The Sharon Historical Society is hosting a  potluck luncheon at the Frey Mansion in Palatine Bridge.  The event will be held on Saturday, August 12th at 12:30 PM.  The event is free to Historical Society members and $10 for non-members.  You will be asked to bring a potluck dish to the event.  A tour of the home and grounds will be held during the event.  The mansion is currently owned by an Anheuser-Busch heir and she has graciously invited us to a rare viewing of her home and property.

Reservations are required.  To RSVP to attend, please click here.

Frey Mansion is a historic home located at Palatine Bridge. It was built in 1808 and consists of a double-pile, center-hall-plan main block with a 1+1⁄2-story, stone kitchen wing added in 1882, and a sun porch dated to 1931.  The property is rumored to have been a part of the Underground Railroad with a tunnel in the basement that led to the river located beside the home.  Also on the property are a 19th-century lime kiln and the Frey family cemetery.  Fort Frey is also located next to the Frey House.

A bit of history:  During the Revolutionary War the three Frey sons (John, Henry, and Bernard) had different loyalties (John was a Patriot, Henry and Bernard were Tories) and were bitterly divided. The fort does not appear to have been garrisoned by either side for any length of time. All three of the sons held officer's commissions during the war, John was a Major in the American army, Henry (Hendrick) was a Colonel but took no active part in the war. Bernard went to Canada and became a captain in Butler's Rangers and was killed in 1813 at Newark by an American cannonball from Fort Niagara in the War of 1812.

The fort was probably used to shelter local settlers during the British and Indian raids into the Mohawk Valley but it was never known to be attacked during the Revolutionary War.

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