Revolutionary War Encampment at National Historic Site in Westchester County,
Friday night Oct. 18 & Saturday, Oct. 19
The Battle of Pell’s Point, an important but often overlooked Revolutionary War struggle, will be commemorated through an encampment at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, in Mt. Vernon, NY, on Saturday, Oct 19, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The battle was fought about a mile from St. Paul’s on October 18, 1776. A small American brigade halted the march of a large British force, helping to protect the rear of the main body of General Washington’s army, which was retreating from northern Manhattan to White Plains.
The free encampment event features costumed re-enactors representing the armies of the Revolutionary War, talks on the American Revolution, period crafts, music and cooking, and historic games for children. A 1 PM commemorative ceremony includes laying wreaths at graves of soldiers from both sides who are buried in the historic St. Paul’s cemetery. There is also a concert of Colonial Folk Music and a candlelight tour of the historic cemetery on Friday, Oct. 18, beginning at 7 PM.
When: Encampment event, Saturday, October 19, 10 AM to 4 PM;
Colonial Music/Cemetery Tour, Fri., Oct. 18, 7 PM;
Where: St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 South Columbus Avenue, Mt. Vernon, NY, 914-667-4116; www.nps.gov/sapa
Directions: Hutchinson River Parkway to Exit 7, Boston Road, and follow directional signs to the site.