The New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters in Orange County, New York, will host a day of Revolutionary War-era activities on Monday, July 4th. [Read more…] about Independence Day at New Windsor Cantonment & Knox’s Headquarters
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Children’s Day at the New Windsor Cantonment
The New Windsor Cantonment will host “Children’s Day at the New Windsor Cantonment,” a day of family entertainment set for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19th, from 1 to 4 pm. [Read more…] about Children’s Day at the New Windsor Cantonment
Memorial Day Event at New Windsor Cantonment
The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site in Orange County, NY will honor America’s soldiers and their families on Memorial Day, Monday May 30th. [Read more…] about Memorial Day Event at New Windsor Cantonment
Revolutionary War Encampment at New Windsor Cantonment
The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site will host Revolutionary War encampment reenactments on Saturday and Sunday, May 14th and 15th, featuring reenactors and battle demonstrations.
The camps will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, and a battle demonstration will take place at 2 pm each day with uniformed soldiers firing muskets and maneuvering to the music of fifes and drums. [Read more…] about Revolutionary War Encampment at New Windsor Cantonment
New Windsor Cantonment Celebrating Washington’s Birthday
Following the capture of British forces by the allied armies of France and America, at Yorktown, Virginia, in the fall of 1781, the Continental Northern Army returned to the Hudson Highlands. The destruction of the principal British army in the field in the South broke England’s will to continue the struggle.
In the fall of 1782, near New Windsor, 7,500 Continental Army soldiers built a city of 600 log huts. Along with some of their family members, they braved the winter and kept a wary eye on the 12,000 British troops in New York City, just 60 miles away. [Read more…] about New Windsor Cantonment Celebrating Washington’s Birthday
General Gates at Edmonston House, His Former HQ
The home of James Edmonston in New Windsor has stood for over 250 years. Rescued in the 1960s by the National Temple Hill Association, the house by that point was a junkyard showroom filled with old car parts. It is now restored, near the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site.
When General Horatio Gates was assigned the Edmonston home as winter quarters for 1782-83, he wrote General George Washington: “Your Excellency’s Dog kennel at Mount Vernon, is as good a Quarter as that I am now in.” Eyeing the larger and far more refined Ellison House, he expected to be billeted at that nearby property. To please Gates, the senior ranking major general in the Continental Army, Quartermaster General Colonel Timothy Pickering had to evict Surgeon General John Cochran from the Ellison house. Angered by his removal, Cochran challenged the beleaguered Pickering to a duel. [Read more…] about General Gates at Edmonston House, His Former HQ
Scary Theatrics at Knox’s Headquarters
Over the years many staff members at Knox’s Headquarters have claimed to have seen spectral visages. Whether it was a passing glimpse out of the corner of their eye or just an uncomfortable lump in their stomach, they could not help, but feel, at times, that someone was watching them. Practical thinkers dismissed these claims as the products of vivid imaginations or illogical fear.
In the spirit of 18th century gothic novels, the night-cloaked grounds of the historic Knox’s Headquarters, the 1754 Ellison home, will serve as a stage for a macabre presentation about ghosts and strange happenings. [Read more…] about Scary Theatrics at Knox’s Headquarters
4th of July at New Windsor Cantonment, Knox’s HQ
The New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters is set to present a day of Revolutionary War activities on Thursday, July 4th.
The day will begin at 1 pm with military drill demonstrations and a cannon firing, followed by a children’s wooden musket drill. Attendees will be able to tour the 1754 Ellison House, the military command post for three generals. [Read more…] about 4th of July at New Windsor Cantonment, Knox’s HQ
Children’s Day on Father’s Day at New Windsor Cantonment
The New Windsor Cantonment has announced Children’s Day, set for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16th from 1 to 4 pm. The day will feature a petting zoo, magic performances at 1:30 and 3:15 pm and 18th century games.
The menagerie of the Two by Two petting zoo will set up for the day. Pet the gentle and friendly animals cared for by the Iannucci Family. Celebrated magician Robert Olson, of Putnam, Connecticut, performs as Mr. Bayly, an 18th century sleight of hand artist. Games will include blindman’s bluff, field hockey and military drill with wooden muskets. [Read more…] about Children’s Day on Father’s Day at New Windsor Cantonment
Revolutionary War Camp at Night in New Windsor
The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site and National Temple Hill Association is set to present a night of Revolutionary War military drills, musket firings and other period activities on Saturday June 1, from 7 to 9:30 pm. [Read more…] about Revolutionary War Camp at Night in New Windsor