Stony Point Battlefield to Hold History Days on August 21-23

Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site will host Summer History Days for students entering 5th and 6th grades. Students can study history, experience the life of a Revolutionary War soldier, cook on the open hearth, reenact the battle with mock wooden muskets, mold a musket ball, climb to the top of a lighthouse, and more.

The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 21 through 23. On the first day of camp, the “newly commissioned young soldiers” will explore the battleground and debate strategies for attacking British fortification of Stony Point. They will discover the battle plans George Washington and Anthony Wayne designed for the Storming of Stony Point, and shoulder wooden muskets to reenact a mock battle.

On the second day of the camp, “soldiers” will get a taste for life in a Colonial encampment. Students will build a fire, mold musket balls, and cook lunch on an open fire. The third and last day of the camp,┬áparticipants will step into the 19th century to learn about the first lighthouse built on the Hudson River. Students will climb into the lighthouse, hear the story of families living on the Hudson River, explore the natural environment, and fashion historic crafts.

Registration is required, and cost for the three-day camp at Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site is $125, and includes snacks. Call 845-786-2521 to register. For more information, see nysparks.com.


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