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A Revolutionary Family Day at Philipse Manor Hall


Nov 16, 2019
11:00 AM until 05:00 PM


Travel back in time for a full-day immersion with musicians, costumed re-enactors, speakers and authors as your guides. 

Participants will learn about what actually happened here in 1777. What side did the Philipse family choose and why? Why was Kingsbridge such a critical place and how did the wealthy VanCortlandts survive and thrive during the war? What became of them? What happened to the Wappinger Chief NimHam? Which side did he choose? Whose side would you choose: Loyalist, Patriot or Neither?  Why do we care about all this and why do we commemorate these events and people? Simple. It’s our collective history.

Activities will be take place throughout the historic Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, the oldest standing building in Westchester County. Revolutionary Westchester 250, Inc. ( is pleased to work with local Yonkers partners to bring to life the story of the Revolutionary War in this critically important region. 

The Revolutionary War story will be told by diverse voices. Special guest Mary Calvi, first lady of Yonkers, NY, television journalist, and author of Dear George, Dear Mary, a Novel of George Washington's First Love, will speak informally with visitors.

Visitors will hear little-known tales, like the story of Deborah Sampson. During a one-hour experience this brave woman will appear on the stage in a highly acclaimed one-woman show, A Revolution of Her Own, performed by Judith Kalaora. The real Sampson dressed as a man and served bravely as a Continental soldier when few women did. Gilbert Cryinghawk, in traditional dress, will interact with visitors outdoors as well as present a short talk about Chief NimHam and the Wappinger tribe during the Revolution. Dave Loda, mounted on Huckleberry, will portray the infamous loyalist LTC James Delancey and explains why he did not join the Patriots.

Outdoors, Hearts of Oak costumed youth and adult re-enactors, smartly dressed in their authentic uniforms, the same as worn by private Alexander Hamilton, will perform authentic drills and demonstrations to rousing fife and drum tunes. [photos attached/captions below] 

History enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hear expert and popular speakers scheduled throughout the day. Presenters include Dr. Erik Weiselberg, RW250, Dr. Michael Crowder, Iona College Public Historian, and Nick Dembowski, President of the Kingsbridge Historical Society. 

Admission is free to Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. 

Revolutionary Westchester 250, Inc. ( is pleased to work with local Yonkers and Kingsbridge partners to bring to life the story of the Revolutionary War in this critically important region. Yonkers Historical Society, the Kingsbridge Historical Society, Van Cortlandt House Museum, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), Iona College’s Institute for Thomas Paine Studies and New York State Parks, specifically - Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, the Yonkers Riverfront Library, the City of Yonkers, Downtown/Riverfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers, NY, Yonkers Chamber of Commerce and Westchester County have joined together to create and support these two events.




View map Philipse Manor Hall
29 Warburton Ave
Yonkers, NY

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