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Senate House State Historic Site

  |   May 9, 2013  |  Comment


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Senate House State Historic Site

Preparing for a New Year

To colonial farmers, spring was the time a new year began and the time to start the upcoming year’s many chores and activities all over again. Join Senate House State Historic Site as we prepare for a new year on Saturday May 11, 2013. From 11am-3pm visitors can enjoy a variety of demonstrations including sheep shearing, beekeeping and the role bees play in pollinating gardens, spinning, weaving, and basket weaving. An 18th century style vegetable garden will also be planted and children will have a chance to make a kite to fly on a windy spring day. Throughout the event, Rural Felicity, dressed in period clothing, will provide 18th century music. The event is free and all are invited to attend. Also, guided tours of Senate House will be provided by costumed interpreters at $4 for adults. $3 for seniors and free for children 12 and under.

Senate House is one of New York State’s outstanding historic sites. The former home of Abraham Van Gaasbeek was the first meeting place of the New York State Senate in 1777. It was burned by the British, along with the rest of Kingston, in October 1777. In addition to the Senate House, the site consists of a Colonial Revival art museum with the world’s largest collection of art by Kingston native John Vanderlyn. The site is located on Fair St. in historic uptown Kingston. For more information please call the site at (845) 338-2786.

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