In the 18th century, destitute women had little or no recourse than to beg for charity from their church or neighbors. If they were fortunate, the community where they lived would give them food for their children and a few creature comforts. Not every woman wanted to be so dependent upon the kindness of others. If they had a small home they would open it to travelers, offering food, laundry services, and stabling for their horses, often done by their children. The woman became a small business person, while maintaining her home, caring for her children and bringing in some revenue. She would not be reduced to begging, nor would she become the village charity case. What would seem like a cottage industry would evolve into a way of life for some women and a family business for their children to follow.
Hear more about these women and what they dealt with as business owners when you come to this special event program that is free with Museum admission.
While at the site, take a tour of our historic Headquarters and visit our Museum which houses the award-winning exhibit, "Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington's Headquarters' Collection," consisting of over 1,300 artifacts reflecting 160 years of America's interest in acquisitions and featuring a variety of objects ranging from the whimsical to the functional.
About Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
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 Interstate Park Commission in New York and New Jersey. 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 launched 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.php. Remember to put the Tower of Victory in the subject line so we know you want to be a part of the campaign!