Throughout the Burning of Kingston weekend, many businesses, restaurants, museums, organizations, and entertainment venues participate in fun and different ways. Be sure to visit Kingston's website for the most up to date event information.

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For 2017 Burning of Kingston

"With unexampled cruelty, you have reduced
the fine city of Kingston to ashes…"

- Gen. Horatio Gates to Gen. John Vaughn

Friday Evening, October 13th

The Story of the Burning of Kingston
At the Vanderlyn Gallery of the Senate House Museum
Presentation and lecture on the events leading up to the Burning of Kingston, life as a local Kingston colonist at the time, and the events that occurred that day and its aftermath. Presentation by Hank Yost of the First Ulster Militia, with introductions by Geoff Miller, Ulster County Historian.

Procession of Lights
Following the presentation at the Senate House, participants will walk with lights (provided) from the Senate House across the historic Stockade neighborhood to the Persen House for the first Burning of Kingston re-enactment – the Committee of Safety.

The GREAT DEBATE by Colonial Kingston Committee of Safety
Located at the historic Persen House Museum at the historic "four corners" in the Stockade District.
Highlights: town residents hear news of Burgoyne's defeat at Saratoga, express fears of British invasion and then learn that a British fleet lies off the Hudson River at Kingston Point.

Old Dutch Church Cemetery Candlelight Tales
Come hear the true story of the Burning of Kingston as the long-dead rise up to provide first-hand accounts of that dreadful ordeal.

Saturday Morning, October 14th

10am - 4pm
Old Dutch Church Sanctuary and Museum
Organ music throughout the day

“Revolutionary Express” Trolley Ride
Take a ride back in time on the trolley from Kingston’s historic Rondout district out to Kingston Point Park where you can watch at close-range and comfort the landing of the redcoats off the Hudson River and then battle with colonial militia. ($5/pp – pick up at 10:30 sharp at end of Broadway, includes return trip by 12noon)

British invasion reenactment begins with "landing" at Kingston
Point Park along the Hudson River (NOTE: not Kingston Point Beach), greeted by small resistance force of Colonists. (Parking available at park)

11 - 5
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Visit the Hudson River Maritime Museum to learn about the strategic naval importance of the Hudson River during the American Revolution, and learn to play “Nine Men's Morris”, a game popular in the 18th century. From 11:30 am to 2 pm. Museum open Fri-Sat and Sun from 11am – 5pm

Saturday Afternoon, October 14th

British Troops begin march from Forsyth Park up N. Front Street, head for Senate House.

At Senate House, American colonists flee Senate House with key possessions including ledgers, records of county and new state capital.

British Troops arrive at Senate House, take down colonists flag and replace it with British flag, 'dispatch' colonial resisters, and prepare march through Stockade District.

British troops will advance along Main Street in the Stockade District, opposed by remnants of the local militia, some street reenactments along the way. Red coats will march down Main Street to Green Street and then Crown Street and arrive at the historic 4 corners of Kingston for final street battle scene.

Following the afternoon's fighting, Kingston's Mayor will be put on trial for treason outside the Persen House. The trial will be held in the park. Witnesses will be called and a decision rendered. The outcome is in doubt.

6:30pm – 8:00pm
Militia and Redcoat Camps Open to Public
Tours of reenactors camps with impromptu lectures on the Revolution / Rebellion in Forsyth Park.

The Grand Ball will be held Saturday evening in the Common Council Chambers at Kingston City Hall. Instruction in 18th century dance, with live music, will commence at 7pm with the Ball itself beginning a little later in the evening. Both reenactors and the community are invited, and since instruction is provided, one does not have to be familiar with the dance styles to participate. 18th century dress is encouraged but not required, and there will be refreshments available. The entire event is free of charge. [Bus shuttle will begin running from Forsyth Park to City Hall starting at 6:15pm and run continuously for the evening. Last shuttle from City Hall leaves at 11:30pm]

Sunday, October 15th

Militia and Redcoat Camps Open to Public
At Forsyth Park, reenactor camps open to the public with assembly, safety inspections, company drills, and demonstrations.

The 'Battle of Upper Forsyth Park' - a tactical demonstration showing American and British troops battle

Kingston Museums

Open on Saturday and Sunday: Fred Johnston Museum, Persen House, Senate House, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Trolley Museum of New York.

Bus Shuttles

will be operating throughout the weekend. Check for the schedule on Citibus website for more info.