NARROWSBURG —There will be big doings at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, when the Declaration of Independence comes to the Upper Delaware River …
NARROWSBURG —There will be big doings at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, when the Declaration of Independence comes to the Upper Delaware River Valley as part of “Patriots and Loyalists Weekend.”
At noon on Saturday, July 9, Fort Delaware interpreters will turn the clock back to that day in 1776, and a visitor from Philadelphia, in the person of Sullivan County Historian John Conway, will make his way into the settlement to inform the residents about the passage by Congress of the Declaration of Independence.
Since the settlement at that time comprised of mostly Tories, or Loyalists, it is no surprise that one of them, the local Magistrate Robert Land, portrayed by Jeffersonville Mayor Bill Chellis, will follow the reading of Thomas Jefferson’s masterpiece with a passionate rebuttal.
What will that obvious tension portend? Only those in attendance will know for sure.
The readings will be followed by a panel discussion and a question and answer session about the Declaration of Independence and its reception in the region.
Saturday’s activities will also include other displays and demonstrations, and colonial music by Linda Russell, formerly the balladeer at Federal Hall in New York City.
At 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, the Bold Gold Media speaker series presents re-enactor Noah Lewis, as real-life soldier Ned Hector, with an interactive program entitled “African Americans in the Revolutionary War.” A question and answer period will follow.
Both programs are included in the price of admission to the Fort.
Fort Delaware is located on the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway at 6615 Route 97 in Narrowsburg, NY. It is open Thursday thru Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will also be open on the 4th of July, although closing at 3 p.m. that day so that interpreters can march in the Narrowsburg Firemen’s Parade.
Admission is $10 for adults, and $7 for students, seniors and military personnel. A family pass, good for two adults and two children, is $25. Children five and under are free.
Fort Delaware is owned by Sullivan County and operated by the Barryville based non-profit history education group, The Delaware Company.
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