THE AMBUSCADE
MONUMENT AND PARK

A quiet memorial that still draws attention more
than two centuries after the ambush

Ceremonies at the Ambuscade marked the bicentennial of the country in 1976 and the bicentennial of the Sullivan Campaign in 1979. County Historian M. Patricia Schaap was chairperson of the observances in 1979 and organized a series of speakers and events at Groveland and Leicester. An additional inscription was engraved on the west side of the monument in honor of the occasion.

A significant event occurred in 1996 when the name of yet another fallen soldier was inscribed. After extensive research it was determined that Benjamin Wheeler of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, was among those killed on the site in 1779. This fascinating discovery after two hundred and seventeen years called for a solemn ceremony complete with color guard, a gun salute and speeches to pay tribute to this man.

NY State Historical Marker Groveland Hill Tory-Indian Ambush Sullivan 1779 Sullivan Expedition


Groveland Town Historian Larry Turner has been a strong advocate for the park for many years and has appealed to town, county and state representatives for increased recognition for this historic site. The officials have taken notice and have invested a great deal of time and energy in many recent improvements.

 

Inscription added in honor of the bicentennial of Sullivan's Campaign
Inscription added in honor of the bicentennial of Sullivan's
Campaign. Livingston County Historian's Collection.

The name of Benjamin Wheeler was added to the monument in 1996.
The name of Benjamin Wheeler was added to the
monument in 1996. Livingston County Historian's Collection.

A stairway leading to the monument was built with a grant award in 2004.
A stairway leading to the monument was built with a grant award in 2004 from NYS Senator Dale M. Volker. Additional funds for park improvements were obtained from NYS Assemblyman Daniel J. Burling,
Photo by Doug Moran.

(Sullivan Campaign of the Revolutionary War: The Impact on Livingston County, page 58)
 

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