Fort Hill stands on the eastern side of the Chenango River, here in Oxford, New York. Archeological findings report Indian village. At a height safe from rising waters, the location afforded a lookout for these people. Hence the white folk took over, don’t we do that a lot?
Today stands Oxford Academy Middle School, once a private school, the village library (once a Burr home), the village fire station, the community church and parish, the Henderson’s home, which used to be a dental office/home until some point in the 1950s.
I love this spot, I can feel the history. I wonder what it was like, 200 years ago…
Chenango is Onandaga word for “large bull thistle.” Google reports:
Chenango, some say, comes from an Iroquois word, “O chenang,” meaning “region of the bull thistle.” Others say Chenango means “beautiful river” or “pleasant stream.”