senate-house-state-historic-site.jpgKingston, N.Y. - Join Senate House State Historic Site in celebrating America's Independence on Saturday June 29 from 11am-3pm. At 1pm, guests can participate in a stirring Patriotic Ceremony featuring dramatic patriotic readings and music, and at 12pm and 2pm, Mr. Bayly will perform his authentic 18th century magic learned from magic books of the period.  Music will be provided throughout the afternoon by the Headless Horseman Fife and Drum Corps and free hot dogs and beverages will be served while they last. In addition, the Third Ulster County Militia will be encamped on the grounds demonstrating 18th century camp life, including hearthside cooking, washing laundry and demonstrating the practice of medicine in the colonial era.  The event is free and all are encouraged to attend.  Guided tours of Senate House are also available at $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, children 12 and under are free. The site is located on Fair St. in historic uptown Kingston.  For more information please call the site at (845) 338-2786. Senate House is one of New York's outstanding historic sites.  The former home of Abraham Van Gaasbeek was the first meeting place of the New York State Senate in 1777.  It was burned by the British, along with the rest of Kingston, in October 1777.  In addition to the Senate House, the site consists of a Colonial Revival art museum with the world's largest collection of art by Kingston native John Vanderlyn, and other objects donated to the site over many years.  Senate House State Historic Site is part of a system of parks, recreation areas and historic sites operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey.  For more information about this and other upcoming events visit the state parks website at


Contact: Deana Preston, Senate House State Historic Site (845) 338-2786