Historic Huguenot Street is constructing a replica Munsee Native American wigwam to celebrate the 340th anniversary of the signing of the 1677 land agreement between the Munsee Esopus sachems and the Huguenot Refugees. The land agreement provided for the 12 Huguenot founders to “purchase” nearly 40,000 acres of land in the lower Wallkill Valley. The village that developed within the borders of this land is now known as New Paltz.
Native American crafts expert and museum consultant Barry Keegan has already begun authentically constructing the replica wigwam on the DuBois Fort lawn and using locally sourced materials.
The wigwam will become a part of HIstoric Huguenot Street's regular guided tours beginning Opening Day, May 6. Ninety minute tours of the site are offered hourly beginning at 10 am, with the last tour departing the DuBois Fort Visitor Center at 4 pm.