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Independence Day history at the Fort


June 28, 2012

NARROWSBURG, NY — Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History will expand its regular weekend schedule to participate in Narrowsburg’s annual Fourth of July celebration. At 12 noon, General George Washington (as portrayed by re-enactor Paul Brennan) will offer a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to the costumed interpreters of the the Cushetunk settlers, the first Europeans in Western Sullivan County.
At 12:30 p.m., Sullivan County Historian John Conway will give a talk, “The Declaration of Independence and the Upper Delaware River Valley.”

“When the Declaration of Independence was read to the public in the summer of 1776, it was not universally cheered,” he said. “Some historians estimate that as many as one-third of the colonial settlers maintained their loyalty to Britain, and that was certainly the case here, where Cushetunk resident Robert Land would become one of the most noted Tories of the Revolution.”
Conway will examine the impact of the Declaration of Independence on the Cushetunk settlement and how it affected the region for years to come.

At 2 p.m., some of the Fort’s interpreters will leave their living history demonstrations of candle making, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, musketry and gardening to line up for the community’s traditional parade, which steps off at 3 p.m.
Holiday hours at Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last tour leaving at 4 p.m. As always, colonial re-enactors (in costume) are heartily invited, and admitted free.


WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Fort Delaware, Route 97 just outside of Narrowsburg, NY
COST: Adults $7, children 5 to 14 $4, 62-plus $5, family pass $20, under 5 free. Call for special rates.
CONTACT: 845/252- 6660.