Summer Sampler History Camp at Crailo

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Crailo Historic SiteCrailo State Historic Site has announced its annual Summer Sampler History Camp for kids. This year’s Summer Sampler takes place August 4-8 from 10 am to 12 pm each day.

Participants can pick and choose the days to attend, from just one day up to all five. Each day will include activities, crafts to take home, and a snack.  Historic reproductions, interactive games and exploration of the river’s edge will bring a different theme related to Crailo and the area’s rich history to life each day:

Monday: The Hudson River and Native Americans: Learn about the ecology of the Hudson River and how Native Americans lived along its shores.

Tuesday: Navigation Day: Learn to use navigational equipment that early explorers used to discover and map the new world.

Wednesday: Military History: Meet soldiers from the 18th Century and learn about camp life

Thursday: Colonial Dutch Day: Learn about life in New Netherland-clothing, food and more!

Friday: Working on the Van Rensselaer Estate: Learn about the people who lived and worked on the Van Rensselaer farm and in the Van Rensselaer house.  Take part in a cooking demonstration in our cellar kitchen!

The Summer Sampler History Camp is for kids ages 7-12. The cost is $5 per child per day for non-members and $3 per child per day for members of Friends of Fort Crailo.  Registration is required and space is limited, call (518) 463-8738 to register.

Once the Van Rensselaer family’s fortified home, Crailo State Historic Site is the museum of the colonial Dutch in the Hudson Valley and is one of 35 historic sites and 176 parks administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.  For more information please visit or or call (518) 463-8738.


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