In 1721, Hendrick Fisher became a member of The Dutch Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and showing great leadership, became a deacon under the Revered Theodore Frelinghuysen.
Fisher was a faithful worker and leader in the church for fifty-eight years. Artifacts from his church life and pieces from his home are part of the permanent collection of the Ukrainian History and Education Center.
First mentioned in 1740 in Somerset County, Hendrick Fisher held the following political offices:
- Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
- Member of the Colonial Assembly for 30 years and for some time its powerful leader.
- New Jersey Representative at the Continental Congress of 1765.
- President of the Colonial Assembly. Member of the Committee of Governors.
- President of The First Provincial Congress of New Jersey, 1775.
- President of the New Jersey Delegation to the Continental Congress.
- One of three members of the Stamp Act.
Hendrick Fisher was present for the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. He returned to his residence bringing with him a copy of the historic document.
On July 7, 1776, Fisher read the Declaration of Independence to the inhabitants of Bound Brook, New Jersey at the Frelinghuysen Tavern. Today Klompus Thread Shop on Main Street, west of Maiden Lane, Bound Brook, exhibits a plaque that marks this historic event.
In 1776, Lord Howe offered full pardon to those who would give up their allegiance to the American cause, excluding Fisher and three other uncompromising patriots. For his patriotism, Fisher was branded an outlaw and "enemy of the Crown".
In April 1777, the British army, on its way to New Brunswick, raided the Fisher Homestead, hoping to capture him for their King. Not finding him at home, they plundered his barn and livestock, resulting in losses totaling $707.50, a substantial sum in those days. Fisher died before the conclusion of the Revolution and his body rests in the family burial ground, in a special fenced section of St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery.
Today, the Fisher homestead is the property of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and is located on the grounds of the St. Andrew Center. The Center serves as the headquarters of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and includes many points of interest.