An Independence Day Celebration and strawberry festival, will be held at Fort Klock on Wednesday, July 4 from noon to 4 p.m.
This celebration captures the events of that important day in 1776 when the leaders of 13 small colonies decided to server their ties with Great Britain and establish a new nation. Hear the breaking news as the Declaration of Independence is read at 1 p.m. by Eugene Wagner. The third Battalion, Tyron County Militia, will offer a resounding salute to the Declaration with their muskets. Watch the guns smoke and listen to their boom as it echoes across the valley.
For a small fee there will be icre cream donated by Stewarts Ice Cream Shops, homade strawberry shortcake, cakes, cookies, and other home baked treats, plus strawberries, and a beverage.
Volunteers are proud to be a part of Fort Klock’s preservation efforts over 50 years of being open to the public. This year’s celebration will have additional attractions.
Emily Loadwick, seamstress, will have hand sewn, reproduced clothing styles fashionable during the 1740 to 1840 periods on display and for sale.
Willis Barshied and John Case plan to answer your questions on the proper care and restoration of antiques.
Al Bullard hopes for those to bring in an antique item and try to stump him on identifying what it was used for.
The Margaret Reaney Memorial Library and Palentine Settlement, Nellis Tavern organizations have been invited to provide information on their collections and events. A joint, cooperative effort to promote the history rich sites located in the town of St. Johnsville.
The trade room gift shop is open to all full of items woven on the fort’s loom, and other unique gifts.
A small fee is charged to experience guided tours of the Klock’s fortified home.
Fort Klock National Historic Landmark, “A site of exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United Sates.” Fort Klock is located two miles east of St. Johnsville on Route 5. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Compiled From Telegram Staff Reports