Past Events

2017 Fall Family Festival

2016 Fall Festival Quill Pen Writing
2016 Fall Festival Reenactors

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to Join us for the

5th Annual Fall Family Festival
with Heritage of West Nyack and the Town of Clarkstown

When:?Sunday, October 22, 2017, 12-4 pm, rain or shine!
Where:?131 Germonds Road at Germonds Park, West Nyack
Admission: $FREE

Showcasing the Historic Traphagen and Vanderbilt/Budke Houses.

Join the Revolution, the Glorious Cause! See how Militia men and women of the American?Revolutionary War lived in the 1770s. Heard's Brigade - New Jersey Militia is seeking visitors to?cheer on our encampment of 18th century tents, open-fire pit cooking, militia drills, musket firing and other?living history demonstrations. Maybe we will come upon the British and those Loyalists!

Other festival activities include:
  • Horse-drawn hayride (12:30-3:30 pm)
  • Pumpkin picking, decorating and painting
  • Sheep shearing by Fred Depaul. Demonstrations on the history of sheep shearing (1, 2 & 3 pm)
  • Children?s games and crafts (stencil art, writing with a quill pen and more). Come see what life was like for a?child in 1791 with the Historical Society of Rockland County.
  • Lace making demonstration by Mayra Petretti of the Metropolitan Chapter IOLI, in the north wing of the Traphagen House
  • Pen-turning workshop with the Hudson Valley Wood Turners, for ages 12 and up (pre-registration is appreciated;?email
  • Storytelling about the Witch of West Nyack by Dan Hanchrow (1:30 and 2:30 pm)
  • Visit with Ben Franklin (portrayed by Jack Sherry) and learn about his life as an?entrepreneur, printer, author, scientist, inventor, statesman, ambassador, and one of America's Founders.
  • Free Mini Golf at adjacent Germonds Park
Enjoy, Music, Raffles, Food, Craft Vendors and Demonstrations! Food Vendors and Refreshments for Purchase

For an updated schedule of events, please go to? visit the Facebook page

FREE parking at Germonds Park and an easy stroll on the sidewalk to the Traphagen and Vanderbilt/Budke Houses.

Clarkstown Mini Bus Shuttle will also be providing transportation to and from the properties.
We are very pleased to be co-sponsoring this festival with Heritage of West Nyack and the Town of Clarkstown.

To see photos from last year's festival, visit our FLICKR album of photos at?

2017 Fall Family Festival Flyer PDF


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