Roeliff Jansen Museum,
From his quarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, General George Washington knew that New England was vulnerable. Washington commissioned Henry Knox to transport the cannon from the captured Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York and bring them to Boston where the British were expected to invade. Knox was made a colonel, placed in charge of artillery, and by way of ox sleds, successfully delivered 50 cannon to General Washington. In March 1776, Washington and Knox placed the cannon in Dorchester Heights, an elevated area and the key to Boston. The British, realizing the danger of an impending American bombardment, withdrew from the city.
Drew’s remarks will focus on Knox’s dramatic journey on what was known as “The Great Road,” a well-traveled and occasionally treacherous section of road between Kinderhook and Westfield. This section included the villages of Ghent, Nobletown (Hillsdale), Alford, Egremont, Great Barrington and eastward. Drew will speak on Sunday, October 28, at 2:00 pm, at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum in Copake Falls, NY.
This event is sponsored by the Roelif Jansen Historical Society. Organized in 1974, the Society is dedicated to the preservation and understanding of the history of the Roe Jan Community – traditionally known as the area of southeastern Columbia County that encompasses the towns of Ancram, Copake, Gallatin, Hillsdale and Taghkanic. Its mission is to discover, collect, preserve and display information and artifacts of the Roeliff Jansen area, disseminate information and to cooperate with other groups and individuals interested in the same. The museum is located in what was formerly the Methodist Epsicoplian Chruch and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It is located at the intersection of Route 344 and Miles Road, opposite the historic Taconic Wayside Inn.
Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 pm
Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum
Copake Falls, NY