July 5, 2011

Independence Day 1801

Every year, the Van Cortlandt Manor at Croton-on-Hudson celebrates the 4th of July as it was celebrated in the early days of the new nation. It was 1801 in 2011.
making pinwheels
the blacksmith and his apprentice
an Inn/ bed and breakfast stop on the way to Albany
cannon shot opening the day's festivities
Croton River
the militia encampment
reciting the Declaration of Independence
the Captain of Doughty's Artillery Company giving the toast. The toasts were drawn from newspaper accounts from that period. We responded with "huzzah!"
Singing Adams and Liberty, another song from that era.
18th century country dancing

second floor of the Van Cortlandt Manor
Storytelling with Jim Keyes


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