The Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie has announced Stone Fort Days, a weekend full of immersive, living history re-enactments and activities for the entire family, has been set for Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6 from 10 am to 5 pm.
The biggest event of the year at the Old Stone Fort Museum, Stone Fort Days 2019 will focus on life in the Schoharie Valley 240 years ago, in the midst of the American War for Independence.
In addition to military skirmishes and full-scale, narrated battle re-enactments, there will be programs on Revolutionary-era social life, agriculture and farming, medicine, homemaking, the Iroquois, crafts, trades, toys, games and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about “death head buttons” and make their own “heart” pincushion.
Historical vignettes, demonstrating the daily trials and tribulations of daily life in Revolutionary Schoharie, will include mock trials of loyalist spies, a loyalist property confiscation and sale and a traditional church service on Sunday morning.
Period music will be provided by Liaisons Plaisantes and the smells of open fire cooking will join smoked barbecue as Rubbin Butts serves up some of their specialties out of the snack shack. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample traditional sweet treats, including shortbread, jumbles and the always popular Joe Frogger cookies, provided by the members of the Schoharie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Event goers will also be able to learn about the process of beer making and how it evolved from the 1700s to today at the Green Wolf Brewery tent, then sample some of their 1700s style beer “Fort Defyance.”
Ongoing activities throughout both days will include 18th century children’s games, toys and crafts, candle dipping, spinning and weaving, needlework, Scherenschnitte (paper cutting), children’s musket drills and the opportunity to tour the British and American camps, get a look inside the tents and see artisans and merchants at work in their trades.
At 7 pm on Saturday, special guest Jennifer DeBruin, author, historian and loyalist descendant, will present “Traitors, Spies & Heroes” a look at loyalist espionage during the American Revolution. Visiting all the way from Canada, DeBruin will also be on hand from 2 to 3 pm signing copies of her books Daughter of Conflict, Shadows in the Tree and A Walk with Mary.
Admission to the event is $10 for both days and includes admission to the entire museum complex. Anyone under the age of 18 is free with adult supervision.
The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is located in the village of Schoharie at 145 Fort Road, off NY State Rt.30, 2.5 miles south of Interstate 88 Exit 23. More information is available on the museum website, or by calling (518) 295-7192.
Photo of Stone Fort Days re-enactors provided.