Warwick’s first Founders’ Day will be held on Sat., Jun. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will celebrate the community’s 18th century diversity. The event will be dedicated to all people who lived in the Warwick area during the Revolutionary War, a group that included a wide range of cultural backgrounds and opinions.
The free and interactive living history event will be held at the General Hathorn historic site at 21 Hathorn Rd. and will include the 5th NY Regiment, representing the local militia and their families; the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment who came to “rescue” New York from the radical rebels; culinary historian, Lavada Nahon, demonstrating the food and lives of the African enslaved; Native American cultural heritage educators, Jennifer Lee and Dan Shears; blacksmith James Burr; barrel maker, John Cox; and other artisans and activities for the whole family.
To make it even more fun, visitors will have to declare a side upon entry to the venue or “fence sit” and have both sides be suspicious of them. A “pop up skirmish” could happen at any time and it is rumored that George and Martha Washington and Hector St. John de Crevecouer might be in the vicinity.
The General John Hathorn historic site is owned by Arek Kwapinski and Sylwia Kubasiak and the event is a collaboration of the Friends of Hathorn House, the Warwick Historical Society, reenactment regiments, and the Albert Wisner Public Library. It is sponsored by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.