The Marshall House, one of the few remaining Revolutionary War-era structures in the Schuylerville area, is set to open its doors for a tour and historical reenactment ahead of a free concert offered by the Albany Symphony Orchestra at the nearby Hudson Crossing Park, on Thursday, June 6th.
The Marshall House event offers an opportunity to visit a private home that was a witness to the Battles of Saratoga and learn about the events that transpired there.
Local actress Debbie Bailey will give her performance of the German Baroness who sheltered for days with her three small children in the house’s basement, as cannon balls crashed into the rooms overhead and screams were heard around them. Artifacts from the battles and the British retreat found on the property will on display. Visit times are 3 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:15 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 per adult, children free. Reservations required, call (518) 695-3765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-concert activities at Hudson Crossing Park will start at 5 pm and include opening acts by local school and community groups, local craft food and beverage vendors, community art making, and family fun. The concert itself will start at 7:30 pm. with a musical theme that recognizes the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment establishing national women’s suffrage. It will feature the world premiere of “Petticoats of Steel,” a collaboration between composer Loren Loiacono and Capital Repertory Theatre.
The concert program will also include Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, summertime favorites such as “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and singalongs including “This Land Is Your Land” and “Lift Every Voice And Sing.” A fireworks show over the Hudson River will cap off this free family event.
Built alongside the Hudson River in the early 1770s — just on the other side of Route 4 North from where the Hudson Crossing Park now stands — the Marshall House gave refuge to a group of women, children, and wounded soldiers trying to flee the area after the British rout at the Battles of Saratoga. Visitors on June 6 will experience these events through the eyes of the Baroness Frederika Riedesel, the young wife of a German general fighting alongside the British whose memoirs have fascinated historians for generations.
For more information on the Marshall House and the Baroness Riedesel, visit their website or email email@example.com.