Captain Frederick Schoonmaker, was a Revolutionary War hero who built the Stone House in 1760. According to the Schoonmaker Family Association, a group of descendants who compiled and recorded a history of the Schoonmaker family, the stone house was all that remained of the Captain's land after the war.
History says that Captain Schoonmaker lost all his money through supporting the war and was never reimbursed by Congress. Captain Schoonmaker's has served as historic landmark for more than 30 years. For more information on Captain Schoonmaker and the stone house, read the passages below, copied from the Schoonmaker Family Association, Descendants of Hendrick Jochemsz Schoonmaker (1624-1683) Part One (1974).
A huge granite boulder on the crest of the hill in Coxing Cemetery between High Falls and Stone Ridge carries a bronze plaque with the simple epitaph:
CAPT. FREDERICK SCHOONMAKER
ULSTER COUNTY PATRIOT
WHO GAVE HIS ALL
TO THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM
This was erected after 1920 by his descendant Oliver J. Schoonmaker.
The story of one of the family's greatest hero's might best be told by quoting an article from the Kingston Weekly Freeman of August 6, 1985:
"Of the many whose name deserves a prominent place in the history of Ulster county, none have a better claim than that of Captain Frederick Schoonmaker, one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War."
[Artist rendition of Stone House & Barn, Left, by Carol Schultz]