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With the outbreak of the Revolution, the Wyoming Valley's importance as a granary led to a number of attacks by Tory and Native American forces. On July 3, 1778, 1,200 Native Americans and renegade whites defeated 300 frontiersmen 4 miles north of Kingston near Forty Fort, leaving the settlements of the Wyoming Valley unprotected. The next day the Native Americans passed up and down the valley in a series of raids that became known as the Wyoming Massacre. In reprisal, Gen. John Sullivan led an expedition up the Susquehanna River, devastating the area and breaking the Native Americans' grip on the region.
A monument at Fourth Street and Wyoming Avenue marks the site of a grave for victims of the Wyoming Massacre.
The Swetland Homestead at 885 Wyoming Ave. is the 1803 Swetland family home; additions were made as the family acquired additional members and wealth. The period rooms span 70 years and can be toured by appointment; phone (570) 823-6244, ext. 3.
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