Date(s) - 10/18/2019 - 10/19/2019
The City of Kingston, alongside several local organizations, will be sponsoring and supporting a two-day event to commemorate the 1777 Burning of Kingston.
Friday, October 18
6:30pm Introduction by Paul O’Neill, U.C. Commissioner of Jurors at the Old Dutch Church
7:00pm Screening of the Burning of Kingston Documentary at the Old Dutch Church
7:30pm The Great Debate Committee of Safety Meeting reenactment at the Old Dutch Church
Saturday, October 19
11:00am-4:00pm Special Exhibit at the Friends of Historic Kingston gallery at Fred J. Johnston House
11:00am-3:00pm The 18th Century Autumn Festival at the Senate House
12:30pm Harambee Speaker and Special Exhibit at the Matthewis Persen House
2:00pm The Volunteer Firemen’s Museum Bucket Brigade
3:00pm Burning Memories: John Jay, Kingston, and the Legacies of the American Revolution lecture by Robb K. Haberman at the Old Dutch Church
7:00pm Theatre on the Road’s Living History Cemetery Tour at the Old Dutch Church
8:00pm Colonial Grand Ball at the Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall
The Senate House will be hosting its Autumn Festival, which will include reenactment of 18th century camp life such as demonstrations of apple cider pressing, meat smoking, hearthside cooking, dipping candles, making dried apple wreaths and cornhusk dolls.
New additions to the Burning of Kingston include Harambee Kingston’s special exhibit on display at the Persen House, and a lecture on Saturday that will discuss enslaved persons during the Revolutionary War and in Kingston during the burning. The lecture will be preceded and followed by singing of African hymns, and there will be a march to the Pine St. African Burial Ground where a ceremony will be held.
“We are excited about the Burning of Kingston event and are appreciative of our partnerships old and new – from the Senate House’s Autumn Festival, where we can see what life was like in 1777, to the important addition of new voices,” said Mayor Noble. “We look forward to a fun and meaningful commemoration.”
There are several volunteer opportunities and the public is encouraged to participate. The 2019 Burning of Kingston is looking for volunteers as well as those who would like to be involved in the reenactment of the Committee of Safety Meeting on Friday, October 18. If you are interested in being an event volunteer or a costumed reenactor, please contact Summer Smith at 845-334-3945 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited costumes are available to borrow.