Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dads & history

If your father isn't into baseball, maybe he's interested in local history (like my dad.) Here is another suggestion for an activity for his special day. Mount Gulian Historic Site (overlooking the Hudson River in Beacon) will celebrate Father’s Day (Sunday, June 15) by offering free hour-long tours for fathers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Everyone else must still pay the museum admission fee of $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children, with children under six and Mount Gulian members admitted for free.) Admission includes a tour of the historic house, Dutch barn and restored garden. Mount Gulian Historic Site is at 145 Sterling Street in Beacon and can be contacted at 845-831-8172.

Here is more info from the site:

The house tour includes two new exhibits – must sees for history buffs and local residents. “The Mount Gulian Story” tells the 300-year history of the site. It graphically depicts the initial land purchase from the Native American Indians, its use as General von Steuben’s military headquarters during the Revolutionary War, its vibrancy as the Verplanck family estate, the devastating fire set by an arsonist, and its fortunate reconstruction in the 1960s and 70s.

The second exhibit, “The Society of the Cincinnati: One Society of Friends” explains the founding, controversy, and continuation of the Society of the Cincinnati, our country’s first veterans’ organization, which was formed at Mount Gulian in 1783 by the officers of the American Revolution. On display are Revolutionary War artifacts including an officer’s sword and epaulet, and a 1785 Cincinnati membership certificate signed by George Washington.

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