Saturday, June 1st has been dedicated as Warwick’s first Founders’ Day, a free interactive living history event at 21 Hathorn Road, Warwick, NY, from 11 am to 3 pm.
The day will include re-enactors and artisans representing the 5th NY Regiment representing the local militia and their families; the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment who came to “rescue” New York from the radical rebels; along with culinary historian Lavada Nahon demonstrating the food and lives of the African enslaved; Algonkian Native American cultural heritage educators Jennifer Lee (Narragansett ancestry) and Dan Shears (Nulhegan Abenaki), with conical wigwam camp and bark basket demonstration; period blacksmith James Burr; and Dan Cox of Quercus Cooperage; and other crafts and activities.
Visitors will have to declare a side upon entry to the venue – or “fence sit” and have both sides be suspicious of them. A “pop up skirmish” could happen at any time, and George and Martha Washington and Hector St. John de Crevecouer are rumored to be in the vicinity.
The event will be held at the Gen. John Hathorn historic site hosted by property owners Arek Kwapinski and Sylwia Kubasiak. It is a collaboration of the Friends of Hathorn House, the Warwick Historical Society, reenactment regiments, Albert Wisner Public Library, and is being sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
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Photo of 42nd Royal Highland re-enactors provided.