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Simon Girty

Type: 

Roadside

Frontiersman known as the "Great Renegade" was born nearby. Captured by Indians, 1756, he lived among the Senecas and learned their language and culture. Following his release, he became an interpreter for the American army; deserted in 1778. Afterwards led British and Native American parties against frontier settlements. Hostile to U.S. in War of 1812. Regarded as a loyalist by some and a "white savage" by others, he remains controversial. He died in Canada.

Dedication Date: 

06/16/2001

Location

Front St. at Fort Hunter Park, Middle Paxton Twp., just N of Harrisburg

County: 

Dauphin

Latitude: 

40.34

Longitude: 

-76.91