the time of the Revolutionary War, from 1870 to the conclusion of
hostilities in 1783, Washington's Blockhouse at Snedens Landing was
garrisoned by a company of Continental Soldiers. Both historic Snedens
Landing Road (Rockleigh Road) and Closter Publick Road (Piermont Road
south) were used by troops going to and from the landing.
camped in the area is known as the "Site of
Washington Troop Encampment, 1781." It was later referred to as
"the battery at Sneden's Fields."
camped after leaving Tappan Town in the orchard just back of the old
Gesner home and adjoining south of the Gesner Burying Ground. This was
called the 'Washington Orchard' and I have heard that Washington himself
visited or stopped at the old home."
-William M. Gesner.
A. Gilman: "Local History", ms #129A. Palisades Free
"On May 14,
1781, fifteen enemy vessels and a number of flat boats appeared on the
Hudson River. Concerned that an attack was
about to be made on the landing, Washington dispatched 200 men to support he post
that was erected there as well as to cover the countryside in the area. A portion of the troops encamped
on the Henry Gesner property in the vicinity of present-day Willow Road."*
* From the
handwritten notes of Newt Sneden, 1973.
Courtesy of John A. Sneden, Jr.