Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is set to celebrate General George Washington’s 288th birthday on February 15th, 16th and 17th. Events will include demonstrations, topical talks, historical presentations, take-home crafts, and more.
Attendees will sing “Happy Birthday” to the General (reenactor John Koopman) as he cuts into his birthday cake, officially starting the day’s festivities. After cake, the General will meet visitors at his Headquarters. Mrs. Washington will join him Sunday and Monday. Each day, Balladeer Thad McGregor will offer musical entertainment in the Headquarters’ dining room. Reenactors will perform military drills ending each day with the General reviewing the troops. They will be the 5th Connecticut Regiment on Saturday, Lamb’s Artillery and Morgan’s Rifles and the 4th CT Regiment on Sunday, and the 5th New York Regiment on Monday.
In the Museum, attendees can create a take-home craft and while there, listen to interesting and informative historical presentations. On Saturday, Matthew O’Leary will talk about, At the End of our Tether: The Road to the Newburgh Conspiracy & its Aftermath. On Sunday, Josephine Bloodgood from Historic Huguenot Street, will discuss Full Possesssion, The Wyntje Hasbrouck Household in 1760s New Paltz. On Monday, Steve Lynch from the Fishkill Historical Society, will speak about into The Importance of the Fishkill Supply Depot & Van Wyck Homestead During the Revolutionary War, and Sandy Spector (aka Martha Washington) will elaborate On How to Make a Past Life Relevant to Present People.
Saturday and Sunday, Newburgh Enlarged City School District students will present The Washington Project 2020!, consisting of individually created theatrical pieces highlighting events during Washington’s tenure at Headquarters Newburgh. The Washington Project 2020! is a collaborative effort of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, and Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Funding is provided through the New York State Connect Kids to Parks initiative, a program of New York State Parks, and the Environmental Protection Fund.
Events will take place from noon to 4 pm each day. Admission is free, donations will be accepted.
More information is available by calling (845) 562-1195.
Photo of George Washingtons birthday celebration provided.