Moland House Park A 12 acre park in Hartsville, PA, that served
as General George Washingtons Headquarters for two weeks in
August 1777 welcomed Members of the Oneida Indian Nation during
its annual Flag Day celebration on Sunday, June 12.
Sheri Beglen (Wolf Clan) and Ron Patterson (Wolf Clan) celebrated
the relationship between the Oneida Indian Nation and the United
States. Sheri depicted Polly Cooper who, according to Oneida oral
tradition, walked several hundred miles from CNY to Valley Forge
in the cruel winter of 1777-78 to help feed Gen. George Washingtons
At that time our people didnt write down our history.
A lot of soldiers kept logs, and we are fortunate they kept those
logs, she said.
The Oneida are known as First Allies of the United States having
fought with the colonists during the American Revolution having
participated in key battles such as Oriskany and Saratoga, and traveled
hundreds of miles to deliver corn to Washingtons starving
troops at Valley Forge.
Moland House Park a 12 acre park in Hartsville, PA,
that served as General George Washingtons Headquarters
for two weeks in August 1777 welcomed Members of the
Oneida Indian Nation during its annual Flag Day celebration
on Sunday, June 12.
Ron delved into Oneida history including pre-Revolutionary history,
key moments during the Revolutionary War and the 1794 signing of
the Treaty of Canadaigua. The treaty was highlighted earlier this
year during a special event at the White House attended by Oneida
and other members of the Haudenosaunee celebrating the 222nd anniversary
of the Treaty of Canandaigua -- the oldest treaty still recognized
by the federal government.
Most people dont know about our relationship with
the federal government. They dont even know that we still
get the treaty cloth from the government, added Sheri. Thats
Each year the Moland House honors our Nations Flag with
a traditional ceremony during an open house held close to Flag Day
(observed June 14). Just prior to the Oneida presentation, Revolutionary
War historian, Ed Greenawald, opened the event with a brief discussion
about the history of the flag. Boy Scout Troop #172 of Warrington
raised the flag and participants sang the National Anthem.