I was excited to read about the new facility being created at the former paper-clip factory on Dennings Point (Welcome Center Planned for Dennings Point, May 29). I actually worked at the factory for a few weeks in the summer when I was in high school. But the idea that George Washington made near-daily visits to the point while stationed in Newburgh, and that Alexander Hamilton began drafts of the Federalist Papers while staying at the point in 1781, is not supported by any primary-source evidence.
Hamilton did stay close by, at Depeyster Point (between Fishkill Creek and the Hudson River), especially at the Depeyster House. But the idea that Washington visited Dennings Point has never been proven.
I have convinced the Beacon historian, the Dutchess County historian, the Alexander Hamilton Society and fifth-generation Hamilton descendent Doug Hamilton of the shaky nature of these claims and also compiled a list of all primary source documents in my book, The Most Important House in the American Revolution That Nobody Knew About.
We do know from a primary-source document that Washington visited Beacon, which was then known as Fishkill Landing. The new French delegate to the colonies wrote in his journal in 1781 that he met Washington at Fishkill Landing and the two of them went over the river to West Point for a meeting. This journal was only recently translated to English and posted online.
Chris Cring, Poughkeepsie
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