Fort Deshler – 1760

Fort Deshler was located near Egypt, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It was a French and Indian War era frontier fort established to protect settlers from Indian attacks. The fort was actually a fortified stone blockhouse, that also served as Deshler’s home. Adjoining the building was a large wooden building, suitable as barracks for twenty soldiers and for storing military supplies. However, there is no evidence that Fort Deshler was ever actually garrisoned with troops, or even that it served any sort of military purpose. Its primary use was to house Deshler and his family; beyond that, it was mostly used for “a place of refuge and rendezvous for settlers of the region.”

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