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Against all odds, with his wife and sons by his side, Christian Schell repelled an attack by a formidable force of 66 enemies led by Lieut. McDonald. The invaders, composed of 48 Indians and 16 Tories, underestimated the resilience of the Schell family and their block house.

Throughout the intense siege, Schell and his sons skillfully defended their home, firing through loopholes and even through the roof to thwart the enemy's advances. Mrs. Schell, wielding an axe, bravely countered attempts to breach their defenses.

In a daring move, as twilight approached and, sensing a critical moment, Christian Schell executed a brilliant ruse. He shouted loudly as if commanding reinforcements, causing confusion among the attackers who hastily retreated, believing they were surrounded by imaginary ranger companies.

Life in a Continual State of Alarm

October 5 & 6, 2024


Fort Klock will be holding our Reenactment of "Interrupted Harvest; Life in a Continual State of Alarm". This two-day event will showcase what the defense of Fort Klock’s fortified homestead against raids would have been like during the Revolutionary War.

Interrupted Harvest:

The battle concluded with the capture of Lieut. McDonald, who, despite promises of good treatment, suffered a severe leg injury during the skirmish. His subsequent death due to wounds added to the heavy losses suffered by the enemy—over 20 casualties in total, including many who perished on their retreat to Canada.

The Schell family's resilience and quick thinking not only saved their lives but also inspired all who heard of their courageous stand. Let us honor their memory and valor on this historic day.”

So save the date for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Fort Klock is open both days from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with no admission fee except to tour the fort.  Donations are welcome and we thank you for your support! 

We hope to see you there as we step back in time.

Fort Klock is located at 7203 State Hwy. 5, St. Johnsville.

Here is a brief history of the events that took place on a fateful day at Schell's Fortified Homestead, and throughout the Mohawk Valley.
Remembering the Battle of Schell's Fortified Homestead.

“On August 6th, back in 1780, the brave Christian Schell and his family displayed unmatched courage in the face of adversity. Schell's Homestead, nestled in the heart of Schells bush (near present day Herkimer), became the scene of a remarkable showdown during the Revolutionary War.