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New Paltz in the War For Independence

  • Historic Huguenot Street 81 Huguenot Street New Paltz (map)

Historic Huguenot Street will host a Revolutionary War encampment on Saturday, July 6, with the 5th New York Regiment. Reenactors will set up camp on the DuBois Fort lawn (81 Huguenot Street) and will perform a number of demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, beginning at 10 AM. The original 5th New York Regiment included many soldiers from Orange and Ulster counties.

At the camp site, living historians from the 5th New York Regiment 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. Bayonet target demonstrations will take place as well. 

Wedge-style tents and a dining “fly” 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, including an 18th century game called Trap Ball, which can be described as a combination of baseball, cricket, golf, and horseshoes.


This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Americas Best Value Inn; Riverside Bank, A Division of Salisbury Bank & Trust; and Lothrop Associates. Supported in part by the Klock Kingston Foundation.