Independence Day Celebration

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Independence Day Celebration!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Noon-3:00pm

 

Revolutionary War Walking Tour of Historic Norwalk Green & Neighborhood

Join us for a Stroll Through the Centuries!

Thursday, July 4th  at Noon

Rain Date: Sunday, July 7th at 2:00pm

Costumed Tour Guides!

Donations greatly appreciated

 

Meeting Place

Mill Historic Park - Town House Museum, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

  • Locations of interest include the Revolutionary War sites of the Congregational Church, Grumman Hill, Historic Norwalk Green, St. Paul s Church, Betts Tavern, Town House Hill, and homestead properties of a number of notable local citizens of the era.
  • The tour will be led by costumed tour guides, Ed & Madeleine Eckert,  board members of the Norwalk Historical Society.  Ed is Past President of Roger Sherman Branch #5 of the CT Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Madeleine is a member of the Norwalk-Village Green Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
  • Bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

Noon-1:30pm

Discover Mill Hill Historic Park!

  • Guests will be welcomed to tour the Town House Museum (1835) featuring the “Secret Norwalk”  art exhibit.
  • Meet the re-enactors! Rick McQuaid, will portray Revolutionary War Town Clerk  Samuel Grumman.  All ages will delight in learning about early Norwalk education under the tutelage of “schoolmarm” Samantha Kulish in the “The Little Red Schoolhouse” (1826).  Enjoy touring the Governor Thomas Fitch Law office (c.1740) with John Atkin portraying Norwalk’s lively colonial Governor.
  • Visit the genealogy table to get expert advice from genealogy researchers and meet members of the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) Norwalk-Village Green chapter.

1:30pm

“Let Freedom Ring!” National Bell Ringing Ceremony

  • The Independence Day Celebration continues with the Let Freedom Ring! National Bell-Ringing Ceremony with the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Town Clerk, Rick McQuaid.

2:15pm

Celebration Continues in the Town House

  • Guest speakers
  • Guests will be entertained with musical numbers performed by Norwalk’s renowned Crystal Theater singers.
  • Learn some interesting Norwalk history with Madeleine Eckert… “Did You Know? Little Known Facts About Norwalk during the American Revolution”.  Theme “Stories of Historic Norwalk Green & Neighborhood”.

Refreshments immediately following

Cookies made from Revolutionary War era recipes

“Muster Day” gingerbread,  Aaron Burr “Spy Cookies” shortbread cookies,

and pecan meringues from The Travis House in Williamsburg, VA.

Mill Hill Cemetery Tour

Donations are greatly appreciated!