The Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown will host an Old-Fashioned Independence Day Festival on July 4th. The Festival will take place from 2 to 10 pm, and will offer activities for all ages.
From 2 to 6 pm, the museum will be surrounded by hands-on experiences taken from daily life of the 18th century. Visitors will be able to raise the liberty pole or attend polite tea parties, hear selections from “Common Sense”, firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors, as well as a chance to meet Martha Washington.
Afterward, from 7 to 10 pm, the grounds will be alive with the blues played by the Willie Amrod Band, until the evening is capped off with a view of the Saugerties fireworks over the Hudson River.
Hot food will be available for sale from the Jennings-Willets American Legion Post #346, Sweet Central Express, The Lunch Box and Cue 2 Go. Free hayrides are available from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Admission is $12 per vehicle or $10 for Friends of Clermont. Visit Clermont State Historic Site’s website for a complete schedule of activities.
In honor of Clermont’s important Revolutionary War history, Clermont staff and volunteers will be dressed in historic costume while they demonstrate the skills and chores of 18th century life. Visitors can sit down with Clermont’s most famous matriarch Margaret Beekman Livingston for a polite tea party, join in on a spy mission or watch a seamstress at work. Visitors are invited to try hand-cranking fresh ice cream and enjoy free samples of historic flavors, donated by Stewarts Shops. Children can try on historic costume or take part in a spy mission. Storyteller Tom Hanford will play his interactive musical experience, including painted puppets and opportunities for children to participate on stage.
The mansion will be open for free self-guided tours, from 2 to 6 pm. Children’s contests start at 5:15 and will include a three-legged race, cherry pit spitting, and Grinning for Cheese. A live reading of the Declaration of Independence at 6 pm, will complete the 18th century demonstration.
The site will close its gates when the parking lot is full, so the public is encouraged to come early to ensure a spot. For more information, call (518) 537-4240.
Clermont State Historic Site is located at 1 Clermont Avenue in Germantown, off Route 9G. For more information visit their website.
Photo: Tom Hanford playing his interactive musical experience.