“The Burning of Danbury”

Recounting attack by British troops in 1777

The Fishkill Historical Society will present a presentation by Bob Young called “The Burning of Danbury” on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Van Wyck Village Hall in Fishkill.

On Apr. 21, 1777, British troops under the command of Gen William Tyron attacked the town of Danbury, Conn., and, facing little opposition, set fire to homes, farms, storehouses and more than 1,500 tents.

The ensuing battle helped make the reputation of Gen. Benedict Arnold and made a dead hero of Gen. David Wooster. And it is responsible for the story of Sybil Ludington, who, according to legend, rode 40 miles over poor roads on a rainy night to alert local militias.

The village hall is located at 1095 Main Street. For more information, call 845-297-1875 or visit fishkillhistoricalsociety.org. The event is free but donations are welcome.


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