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Experience Living History at Boscobel

August 1st, 2018

Military Reenactment Day – Sunday, August 26

(Garrison, NY – August 2018) – Honoring its rich ties to American history, Boscobel House and Gardens— in partnership with The Living History Education Foundation—proudly presents Military Reenactment Day.

On the grounds of Boscobel House and Gardens, directly overlooking the Hudson River and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, history comes alive as military reenactors set up encampments from the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, and World Wars. They demonstrate camp life with inspections, formations, musket firings, artillery demonstrations, and drills.

See General George Washington inspect his troops, hear President Abraham Lincoln address his army, and experience a Parrott rifled cannon—originally forged in Cold Spring at the West Point Foundry—shooting across the Hudson River.

Throughout the event, 18th-century children’s lawn games will be available and the Historic House Museum will be open to explore, with expert guides stationed to offer insight and information.

Since 1808, Boscobel has witnessed much of America’s and the Hudson River Valley’s history. Its original owner, States Morris Dyckman worked for the British Quartermaster Department during the American Revolution. His Federal-style home stood during the War of 1812, and the family produced a military man, Lieutenant Peter Corne Cruger (Company A, 6th Regiment, Heavy Artillery, NY) who fought for the Union and was mortally wounded in the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia during the Civil War.

“This year’s Military Reenactment Day at Boscobel will be a special treat,” says COL (Ret.) James M. Johnson of Boscobel’s Board of Directors, “The timeline of American military history will as usual include reenactors from the American Revolution to World War II. Of special note, the program this summer will highlight the 240th anniversary of the first floating of the Great Chain across the Hudson River from Fortress West Point to Constitution Island in 1778 and the sacrifices of American soldiers in World War I. So come watch living history in action and see a piece of the Great Chain.”

Sunday, August 26 (rain or shine)
11:00am – 4:00pm

Member Tickets: Adults $13, Children $5, Under 5 years of age FREE
Not Yet Member Tickets: Adults $17, Children $8, Under 5 years of age FREE
Discounted Family of Four packages

Members who join or renew between now and August 25 (at the Federalist level or above) receive four complimentary tickets to Military Reenactment Day.

11:00am 6th NY fire cannon to signal camp is open; camp life with drill
12:30pm Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk
1:00pm Inspection of troops by General Washington, President Lincoln, and General Grant, and including children, at camp sites
1:15pm Address by President Abraham Lincoln
1:30pm Massed drill and weapons’ firing
2:15pm Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk
3:15pm Tactical exercise
3:45pm Retreat

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Farmers & Chefs food truck, known for Hudson Valley farm-fresh food.

Military Re-Enactment Day is proudly presented in partnership with the Living History Education Foundation.

Sponsorship provided by Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

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