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2021 Fall Festival

The Historical Society of Rockland County Invites You to the

8th Annual Fall Family Festival
with Heritage of West Nyack and the Town of Clarkstown

When: Sunday, October 24, 2021, 12-4 pm, rain or shine!
Where: 131 Germonds Road, adjacent to Germonds Park, West Nyack
Admission: $FREE

Highlighting the Onderdonk-Tallman-Budke and Vanderbilt-Budke-Traphagen Houses
Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places
131 Germonds Road, West Nyack

We are very pleased to be co-sponsoring this festival with Heritage of West Nyack and the Town of Clarkstown.

Join the Revolution, the glorious cause! See how militia men and camp followers of the American Revolutionary War lived in the 1770s. Heard's Brigade of the 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!
  • NEW—Live music with old-time balladeer Thaddeus MacGregor, musical bard of the Hudson, with fan-favorite Wee Jim the Limberjack
  • Horse Drawn Hayride (12:30-3:30 pm)
  • Petting Zoo by 4H, Horses R Us, Nickel-O Farms
  • Tour the Onderdonk-Tallman-Budke House and the Vanderbilt-Budke-Traphagen House
  • Lace Making Demonstration by Mayra Petretti—Metropolitan Chapter IOLI
  • Pumpkin Picking, Decorating and Painting
  • Sheep Shearing by Fred Depaul. Demos on the history of sheep shearing
  • Colonial Children’s Games by Tom Hunt, Waterside Forge
  • "Who Was Naut Kaniff? The Story of the Witch of West Nyack," presented by Clare Sheridan
  • Pen Turning Workshop, Hudson Valley Wood Turners, for ages 12 and up (pre-registration appreciated)
  • West Nyack Fire Department and local Cub Scout Pack 2049

Enjoy, Music, Raffles, Craft Vendors and Demonstrations, Free Mini-Golf & more!

Food Vendors and Refreshments for Purchase

Heritage of West Nyack will follow all social distance guidelines in effect at the time of the event!

For an updated schedule of events, please go to or visit us on Facebook
FREE parking at Germonds Park and an easy stroll on the sidewalk to the Historic Vanderbilt/Traphagen and Tallman/Budke Houses. Clarkstown Mini Bus Shuttle will also be providing transportation to and from the properties.

To see photos from previous years' festivals, visit our FLICKR album of photos at


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