New Paltz in the War for Independence

  • Historic Huguenot Street 81 Huguenot Street New Paltz, NY, 12561 United States

Historic Huguenot Street will host a Revolutionary War reenactment on Saturday, July 2 with members of The 5th New York Regiment. Reenactors will set up camp on the DuBois Fort lawn on the evening on Friday, July 1, and spend the night, performing a number of demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday. The original 5th New York Regiment included many soldiers from Orange and Ulster counties.

At the camp site, living historians will demonstrate marching and drilling, showing how arms at the time were handled and fired. An armament demonstration will display various types of muskets and weaponry while members of the regiment explain how they were used, fired, and maintained. Wedge-style tents and a dining “fly” as they would have been used during the Revolution will serve as the backdrop on the Huguenot Street grounds.

Additional demonstrations and displays will reveal aspects of civilian life, including candle making, blacksmithing, woodworking, musket ball and cartridge manufacturing, and colonial cooking. Children can participate in reenactment military drills and various colonial games. The reenactment is free and open to the public.

Guided house tours will be available on their regular hourly schedule throughout the day.