Revolutionary War

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Valuable Tour

From The Fraunces Tavern Museum:

Valuable Tour

A 45-minute tour of the special exhibition Valuable plus a docent facilitated group discussion. This tour will give you a chance to see Fraunces Tavern Museum as you’ve never seen it before and to dive deep into some of the most valuable pieces within Fraunces Tavern Museum’s collection and asks the question: what makes them so valuable? How have these artifacts shaped the history of our culture today? From Martha Washington’s slipper to Von Steuben’s camp liquor chest, each of these objects tells us something about early American culture and beyond.

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We offer guided Museum Tours to the public FREE with admission on the following days and times:

Thursdays @ 2pm
Fridays @ 2pm
Saturdays @ 1pm & 2pm

Sundays @ 1pm & 2pm

Saturdays in February @ 3pm – Fighting for Freedom Tour

There are NO guided tours on the following dates and times:

Sunday, February 11 @ 1pm
Sunday, February 18 @ 2pm
Saturday, February 24 @ 2pm

*No reservations are required. Please plan your arrival accordingly, as space is limited.

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From The Fraunces Tavern Museum:

Coming in February 2018:
 Fighting for Freedom Tour

In honor of Black History Month, this tour
is FREE with regular admission every Saturday at 3:00pm from February 3-24!

From battles to espionage, and harrowing tales of escape, this tour emphasizes the fact that African Americans, both enslaved and free, were present, active, and of critical importance in the American Revolution. This tour highlights the incredible achievements and contributions of Ona Judge, James Armistead Lafayette, and Elizabeth Freeman in the American Revolution, and how their participation resulted in the eventual abolishment of the historic institution of slavery in America. This tour will also explore George Washington’s changing relationship with the practice of slavery both privately and politically.


You can also reserve a private group tour below at any time or date starting February 1.

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From The Fraunces Tavern Museum website:


Presented by Robert Watson

Moored off the coast of Brooklyn until the end of the war, the derelict ship, the HMS Jersey, was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. Throughout the colonies, the mere mention of the ship sparked fear and loathing of British troops. Join Robert as he explores the long forgotten story of the bloodiest “battle” of the Revolution, when an old British prison ship claimed more American lives than were lost in combat during the entirety of the War and how the affair would help rally the cause and win the War.

Tickets for this event go on sale October 13*All attendees must purchase a ticket for Special Lectures. There is no reserved seating for this lecture. 

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
For tickets purchased online, you will receive a confirmation email from Fraunces Tavern Museum with further event details within 24 business hours.

Purchase Tickets:

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Brooklyn also has plenty of secrets in store for New Yorkers to discover this fall. Join Untapped Cities for Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide on October 23, which will give attendees the chance to learn from one of the borough’s secret locations, along Newtown Creek. To learn more about one of the borough’s icons, the Brooklyn Dodgers, head to a talk on the legendary baseball team’s legacy on October 17.

Learn about the “Ghost Ship” of Brooklyn, which was stationed off the borough’s coast during the American Revolution, on November 20.…

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Historical Lantern-Light Tour of St. Paul’s Chapel & Churchyard

October 27 and 28
6pm, 7pm, and 8pm
St. Paul’s Chapel
Broadway and Fulton Street

Note: Reservations for this event are no longer being accepted.

Come explore the oldest church building in Manhattan and churchyard containing the final resting place of Revolutionary War heroes, early New York citizens, and a few interesting characters. The graves tell the story of the city from colonial times onward.

Highlights include: John Bailey, who made George Washington’s battle sword; Elizabeth Franklin, Ben Franklin’s daughter-in-law; actor George Frederick Cooke (but not his head); a pair of Irish freedom fighters, McNevin and Emmett. You’ll also hear about the New York you no longer see in the churchyard, including the St. Paul’s Chapel Girls’ School and an early firehouse.

St. Paul’s Chapel has recently undergone an extensive restoration, bringing it closer to its original look, and has reopened in time to celebrate its 250th anniversary. This lantern-lit tour of the church and grounds will be followed by refreshments.

RSVP required. Please use the form below. MAX 30 people registered in each time slot per day. You will receive an email confirming your registration within 24 hours. Please arrive fifteen minutes early for your scheduled tour.



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These pictures of the newly-restored Dyckman House museum were taken during a New York Adventure Club “after-hours” tour on Sunday, September 27, 2015. More and better pictures can be seen on the NYAC website/meetup group.


Park Benches at the approach to Dyckman House. The docent said that Dyckman House is the only historic house museum within a city park.


Parks Department sign at the top of the steep stairway to Dyckman House.


Of course, one of the first things you may see as you approach the house is the modern restroom installed by the NYC Parks Dept in the foundation/crawl space area.


The “winter kitchen” on the basement level of the house. This room was used as a kitchen in winter because the fire from the great hearth would heat up the house. On top of the mantelpiece; an old-fashioned flat iron; in the niche on the right, a long-handled pot meant for melting and pouring candle wax.


Exhibit of Colonial-era kitchen utensils found in house/area in the “relic room”. The display case for the utensils atypically contains some present-day artworks by an up-and-coming area artist whose artwork is being shown in the public areas of the house.

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Sunday, August 24, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Battle of Brooklyn Day at Green-Wood

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

A full 238 years ago the Battle of Brooklyn turned up the soil on land that is now a part of Green-Wood Cemetery. Fought in 1776, it was the first battle to occur after Americans signed the Declaration of Independence. That’s why, more than two centuries later, we still commemorate that day right in this very spot. Actors bring the soldiers and colonists to life starting at 12:30 p.m., and visitors are encouraged to talk with them throughout the day. Then, everyone marches together, along with The Regimental Band of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, to Battle Hill for a ceremony to honor those who fought. Admission is free.…

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From New York Nineteenth Century Society:

A call for VENDORS! (craft and/or costumer) Saturday, August 24th 5-9 pm.

Our dear friends over at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn are commemorating the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War – the Battle of Brooklyn, with a special fundraiser!

They’re hosting a food event for the community at large that will include food and drink inspired by 18th century recipes! The event will connect Brooklyn’s past to Brooklyn’s creative contemporary food culture, as well as highlighting local bands and crafts people.

The vending fee is only $50 and New York Nineteenth Century Society members get an extra $10 discount!

For more info:
Vendor guidelines:

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7/4 2pm: revolutionary new york walking tour: the 4th of july isn’t just about bbq and fireworks – get the history behind downtown manhattan sites and the city’s role during the revolutionary period with stops @ fraunces tavern, alexander hamilton’s grave, more. meet @ city hall park, $20.…

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