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Revolutionary War era activities taking place
across Westchester County—and beyond.

(Notice: Dates and times may change, some venues require reservations, be sure to contact to confirm)

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  • 11/9 – RW250 Tour A Revolutionary Trolley Tour: Historical Yonkers & Kingsbridge
  • 11/14 – RW250 Lecture “Nest of Rebels:” Desolation Warfare and Patriot Resistance in Westchester County, 1777 at Fort Montgomery (Rescheduled)
  • 11/16 – RW250 Event A Revolutionary Family Day at Philipse Manor Hall: What Happened Here and Who Tells the Story? in Yonkers

ONGOING

OCTOBER 2019

Event Battle of White Plains 243rd Anniversary Commemoration
Date Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time 10:00 am – 3:00 pm & 1:00 PM Flag-raising ceremony
Venue Jacob Purdy House
Location 60 Park Avenue, White Plains, NY 10603
Cost Free and open to the public
Contact (914) 282-2920
Info White Plains Historical Society
Details In October 1776, the Purdy House served as General George Washington’s headquarters in the battle against Redcoat and Hessian forces. Sunday October 27, 2019 step back 243 years and see for yourself a Rev War encampment with colonial soldier re-enactors, colonial craft persons, and Native American exhibits. White Plains High School Marching Band will play patriotic tunes. Shake hands with General Washington after the 1:00 pm ceremony.

RW250 Tour A Revolutionary Trolley Tour: Historical Yonkers & Kingsbridge
Date  Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (3-hour Trolley Tour)
Venue Board the trolley at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Location 29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
Registration Trolley Tour is by reservation only. Call (914) 961-8940 to register. Preregistration Required with Yonkers Historical Society. Seating is very limited.
Cost $10 Donation Suggested
Contact YHSociety@aol.com or call (914) 961-8940
Info Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Details
 As the junction between British-occupied New York City and Westchester’s bountiful farmlands, Yonkers and Kingsbridge played a dramatic role during the eight years of the Revolutionary War. The 3-hour tour, to begin and end near Philipse Manor Hall, will trace the historic military routes traveled by General George Washington and others, and will recount the triumphs and struggles of British commanders, Hessian auxiliary troops, Native American soldiers fighting for the Patriot cause, and the hardships faced by everyday people, including women and free and enslaved persons of African descent. At each stop, knowledgeable local docents will lead the discussion placing participants in the heart of the action! At 9:30 a.m. board the Trolley in front of Philipse Manor Hall and ends at 12:30 p.m., returning to the Yonkers Waterfront Library, within a short walking distance of Philipse Manor Hall. Preregistering for the Trolley Tour through the Yonkers Historical Society. ($10 donation suggested). Optional stops on the tour include: The Library lobby to view and discuss the enslaved African statues. Wreath placement ceremony with the Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.

RW250 Lecture “Nest of Rebels:” Desolation Warfare and Patriot Resistance in Westchester County, 1777
by Dr. Erik Weiselberg

Date  Thursday, November 14, 2019 (Rescheduled due to weather)
Time 7:00 pm
Venue Fort Montgomery State Historic Site (near West Point)
Location 690 Rte 9W, Fort Montgomery, NY 10922
Registration Thursday Night Speaker Series seating is by reservation only. Call (845) 446-2134 to register.
Cost Suggested Donation: $5, Members $3
Contact (845) 446-2134
Info Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Details The campaign of 1777 in Westchester County was a transitional period from conventional warfare to guerilla warfare. In the spring of 1777 the British operating out of New York City attempted to punish the “rebels” of the lower Hudson Valley, raiding patriot strongholds across the County. In the fall of 1777 Westchester became an auxiliary battlefront in the larger war for New York State, connected to the Saratoga campaign and the Battle of Forts Clinton and Montgomery. By late 1777 conventional warfare had given way to a British policy of “Desolation Warfare,” in which light troops composed of irregular forces engaged in punitive raids and counter-raids. As a result, many patriot homes became military outposts or targets of raids. Women, families and enslaved persons became de facto combatants and were forced to make difficult compromises. Learn about their plight and the dramatic neutral ground in this evening lecture by Revolutionary Westchester 250 Historian, Erik Weiselberg Ph.D.

RW250 Event A Revolutionary Family Day at Philipse Manor Hall: What Happened Here and Who Tells the Story?
Date Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (all day)
Venue Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Location 29 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
Cost Admission is free to Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Contact Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site at 914-965-4027 or email Robert.Lee@parks.ny.gov
Info Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Details Travel back in time for a full day immersion with musicians, costumed reenactors, speakers and authors as your guides. Participants will learn about what actually happened here in 1777. What side did the Philipse family choose and why? Why was Kingsbridge such a critical place and how did the wealthy VanCortlandts survive and thrive during the war? What became of them? What happened to the Wappinger Chief Nimham? Which side did he choose? Whose side would you choose: Loyalist, Patriot or Neither? Why do we care about all this and why do we commemorate these events and people? Simple. It’s our collective history. Activities will be take place throughout the historic Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, which centers on the oldest standing building in Westchester County.
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Reenactment “The Times that Try Men’s Souls
Date Saturday, November 23, 2019
Time 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue Fort Lee Historic Park (near George Washington Bridge)
Location Hudson Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Cost Free
Contact (201) 461-1776
Info Fort Lee Historic Park
Details Music, cooking, artillery demonstrations & more. 10 AM to 5 PM (with parade to Monument Park at noon) at Fort Lee Historic Park. $5 parking. For more information: 201-461-1776.