Phebe Reynolds Thwarts Tory Mob in 1782
At this spot in 1782, pro-British ruffians affiliated with Claudius Smith's Orange County Tories attacked and attempted to murder patriot leader Henry Reynolds and his family. The family was spared by the heroism and quick action of 11-year-old Phebe Reynolds.
Backstory and Context
The intruder quickly recovered and severely beat Phebe while his fellow conspirators proceeded to hang her father from the home's rafters. Upon learning that the young girl had thwarted their plans by again saving her father, the Tory mob returned to the home. This time, they not only attempted to kill the wounded Henry Reynolds, but proceeded to set the home on fire while placing a boulder in front of the door. Once again, Phebe rescued her father and helped the family escape. Had it not been for Phebe's bravery and quick action, her entire family would have likely perished in the fire.