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Painting of Local Revolutionary War Officer Unveiled

On Thursday, May 17, amidst patriotic music and a small gathering of onlookers, an oil painting of Colonel Joseph Wood (1723-1788), a Revolutionary War officer, was unveiled in the Meier Room at StoneRidge Poplar Run in Myerstown.  Colonel Wood first served as a soldier in the French and Indian War and later as a commander of the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment during the American Revolution.  The framed, 40”x 32” oil painting, commissioned in 1987 by Dr. George D. Heiss, a fourth great-grandson of Col. Wood, was painted by New Jersey portrait artist Jason Woodruff.  The painting is owned by the Isaac Meier Society, a 501 (c), non-profit organization established to restore and preserve the Isaac Meier Homestead.

Col. Wood’s son married one of Isaac Meier’s daughters.  In 1768, Isaac Meier laid out lots for a town called “Tulpehockentown,” later Myerstown, currently celebrating its 250th anniversary with events planned throughout this year.  The Isaac Meier Society has given the painting on permanent loan to StoneRidge Poplar Run where it will be exhibited in the Meier Room, a fine dining venue at Poplar Run.  Also at the unveiling was a copy of a letter dated December 14, 1776 written in Wood’s own hand when he was a commander at Fort Ticonderoga in New York.  People interested in seeing the painting should contact the Public Relations office at Poplar Run at 717.866.3275.

Photo Caption: Col. Clifford Keys (l), a member of the StoneRidge Military Veterans’ Association, and David Zimmerman (r), chairperson of the Isaac Meier Society, unveil the recently installed painting of Revolutionary War Colonel Joseph Wood.