Looking back… by Bradley Harris, Smithtown Town Historian
(This is the second article in a series about the history of the Fort Salonga area for the FSA newsletter. I hope that you will enjoy this article which focuses on the role that residents of this area played in the American Revolution.)
“Fresh Pond becomes a hot bed of ‘Rebel’ activity during the Revolutionary War….”
If we look back to the time period of 1775-1783, a time when the 13 colonies of the British in North America became embroiled in a war of independence with Great Britain, Ft. Salonga did not exist. There was instead a tiny village called Middleville that consisted of several houses clustered around the intersection of Bread and Cheese Hollow Road and Sunken Meadow Road. And further north where Bread and Cheese Hollow Road crossed North Country Road, there was another tiny village known as Fresh Pond. If we were to travel back in time to the year 1776 and could be transported to the southeast corner of the intersection of North Country Road (25a) and Bread and Cheese Hollow Road, we would be standing in the middle of that little village called Fresh Pond. Across the dirt road known as North Country Road, on the north side of the road, would have been the inn known as the Mulford House, a favorite hangout of the British officers who were commanding the occupation forces of the British Army in this area. Next to the inn and clustered around it were a general store, a blacksmith shop, a cider mill, and several houses.