Each day will begin with General George Washington cutting his own birthday cake. Then, the day will be filled with music, military demonstrations, crafts, and historical presentations, with something for each member of the family.
All three days the General will be greeting visitors in his office at the historic headquarters. Balladeer Thad McGregor will be offering musical entertainment in the dining room of the headquarters, accompanied by his limberjack. On the grounds, reenactors will be performing military drills culminating at the end of the day with a review of the troops by the General himself. Troops that will be present each day are: Saturday - the 5th New York Regiment, Sunday - Lamb's Artillery and Morgan's Rifles, and Monday - the 5th Connecticut Regiment.
Pick up some interesting historical knowledge with talks each day. For example, on Saturday, Don Hagist will speak about "The Revolution's Last Men: the Soldiers Behind the Photographs." On Sunday, George Washington reenactor, John Koopman, will talk about his book, "George Washington at War - 1776." On Monday, award winning author, Selene Castrovilla will speak about her children's book, "Revolutionary Friends - General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette." These and other talks are scheduled throughout the weekend.
Also, children and adults alike are invited to create their own bookplate to use in their books at home. Admission is free, though donations are welcome. Call 845-562-1195 for details and a full schedule of events.
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered national historic landmark. It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh's East End Historic District. The site is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Inters Park Commission in New York and New Jersey. For further information contact: (845) 562-1195. For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at www.nysparks.com. For more information call 845-562-1195 or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/washingtonsheadquarters.
Help us save the Tower of Victory! The Palisades Parks Conservancy has completed a capital campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the Tower of Victory at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. The Tower of Victory is truly one of the treasures of the Hudson Valley. For 125 years, it has stood as the nation's only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War. Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the President and then Secretary of War, commissioned John Hemingway Duncan, one of the nation's most renowned architects at that time, to design the massive stone arched structure that hosts bronzes sculpted by William Rudolf O'Donovan, the pre-eminent monumental sculptor of the day. It stands on the property where General Washington created the "Badge of Military Merit" now called the Purple Heart medal.
Mail your donation to: Palisades Parks Conservancy, P.O. Box 427, 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911. Or donate online: www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/donate. Remember to put the Tower of Victory in the subject line so we know you want to be a part of the campaign!