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Dutchess County Heritage Days 2015

Department of History
William P. Tatum III, Ph.D., County Historian


Dutchess County Heritage Days return for a third year in 2015, paired with a new regional offering from Path Through History.

Together these events will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s conclusion and strengthen regional ties within our heritage community.

The inaugural Hudson Valley Heritage Fair in May will feature organizations from our seven-county Hudson-Catskills Path Through History Region.

June’s Dutchess Heritage Days will focus on the Dutchess County Regiment’s role in the Civil War with exhibits and programs by a variety of Dutchess County institutions.

Hudson Valley Heritage Fair
“Hands-on History”

Hudson Valley Heritage Fair flyer (.pdf)

May 17, 2015
Locust Grove Historic Estate
2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Costumed interpreters, cannons and please-touch artifacts are waiting for you at the inaugural Hudson Valley Heritage Fair! Sites from the Connecticut border to the Delaware River will present displays with a hands-on history focus, bringing history to life with objects from throughout our region’s history.

Reenactors from the 150th New York Volunteer Infantry (the Dutchess County Regiment) will join staff from Washington’s Headquarters, the New Windsor Cantonement, and Museum Village to provide living history presentations with musket and cannon firing demonstrations. A list of exhibiting organizations from Ulster, Sullivan, Orange, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess Counties may be found HERE.

The fair will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Visitors Center at Locust Grove Historic Estate. The estate will also be open with house tours running regularly throughout the day. MORE

The Hudson Valley Heritage Fair is a joint project of the Mid-Hudson Valley Path Through History Workgroup, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and New York State Parks.


Dutchess Heritage Days History Fair and Civil War Reenactment
“The 150th on the 150th”

June 13-14, 2015
Thomas J. Boyce Park
6420 Route 55, Wingdale, NY 12594

Returning for the third year running, Dutchess Heritage Days will offer visitors a slice of county life, focusing on the 150th New York Volunteer Infantry (The Dutchess County Regiment) on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s end. The recreated regiment will join history organizations from around the county to explore Dutchess’ role in our nation’s most climactic conflict.

The reenactor camp will feature on-going demonstrations throughout the day, including marching, musket firing and children’s drill with wooden muskets. The accompanying history fair will feature exhibits from historical societies and historic sites throughout the county.

The event is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday and is completely FREE of charge to the public.

These programs are provided by Dutchess County and the Town of Dover.


Archive to 2014 Dutchess County Heritage Days

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