Crossroads of Rockland History: Andre's Toe

2021-09-20 Crossroads Image-Andre Sarcophagus

Major André's Toe/Typhoid Mary
The program originally aired on September 20, 2021. To listen, click here.

In this two-part episode, Clare Sheridan reads “The True Story of Major André’s Toe,” as written by Palisades Historian Alice Gerard. (The story appeared in the HSRC's South of the Mountains history quarterly). This story is relevant right now, because one hundred years ago, Major John André’s remains were exhumed by order of the Duke of York and moved from Tappan (the site of André’s hanging) to Westminster Abbey.  In terms of legends and lore, the truth about this story is one of the most frequently asked questions of our staff at the HSRC.

Just as a reminder, Andr
é was the British major who entered into the treason of the American Revolution with the notorious traitor Benedict Arnold.

Part 2 revisits Clare’s interview with author Mary Beth Keane about her book FEVER, the historical fiction exploration of Mary Mallon, a.k.a. Typhoid Mary—a story of that is more relevant today than ever!


Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the morning show, on WRCR Radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. If you want to listen to the live broadcast and you aren't local, simply download the TuneIn Radio App on your smartphone or tablet and search for WRCR.  After the broadcast, you can find the program on all major podcast apps. 

The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.



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