The 2019 Burning of Kingston commemorative event schedule has been released!
Friday, October 18
6:30pm Introduction by Paul O'Neill, U.C. Commissioner of Jurors
7:00pm Screening of Burning of Kingston Documentary at Old Dutch Church
7:30pm The Great Debate Committee of Safety Meeting reenactment
at Old Dutch Church
Saturday, October 19
11:00am-4:00pm Exhibit at the Friends of Historic Kingston gallery at Fred J. Johnston House
11:00am-3:00pm The 18th Century Autumn Festival at the Senate House
12:30pm Harambee Speaker and Special Exhibit at the Matthewis Persen House
2:00pm The Volunteer Firemen's Museum Bucket Brigade
3:00pm Burning Memories: John Jay, Kingston, and the Legacies of the American Revolution lecture by Robb K. Haberman at Old Dutch Church
7:00pm Theatre on the Road's Living History Cemetery Tour
8:00pm Colonial Grand Ball at the Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall
The Senate House's Autumn Festival includes reenactment of 18th century camp life such as demonstrations of apple cider pressing, meat smoking, hearthside cooking, dipping candles, making dried apple wreaths and cornhusk dolls.
New this year: Harambee and the Kingston Land Trust will host a special exhibit at the Persen House, with a talk on Saturday discussing enslaved persons during the Revolutionary War and in Kingston during the burning. There will be a choir sining African hymns and a march to the Pine St. African Burial Ground for a ceremony.
Volunteer opportunities: If you would like to be
a costumed reenactor for
the Committee of Safety Meeting on Friday, October 18, or are interested in being an event volunteer, please contact Summer Smith at 845-334-3945 or
. Limited costumes are available to borrow!