Take a memorable stroll through Hudson Valley history this weekend



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Take a memorable stroll through Hudson Valley history this weekend



The Path Through History program and Path Through History Weekends showcase New York State's fascinating history. This fun and educational weekend is October 9-11. 

During this weekend, a wealth of memorable experiences awaits you—from living history museums to forts and military landmarks to the homes of presidents, legendary writers and artists, and activists who fought to end slavery and to give women the right to vote. 

You can visit museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions. The Path Through History takes you across the state to discover events of the past and learn how they reverberate today. Here are just a few that you can visit. Go to the I Love NY website for more places to go and information.

October 9

Fort Montgomery State Historic Site - Colonial Wool Spinning and Dyeing
690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery; (845) 446-2134; 11am to 4pm; Free
Discover how wool was carded and spun in the 18th century. Spin your own sample of knitting wool! Watch a natural dyeing demonstration and learn about the dyeing process

October 9-10

West Point Museum - Free Admission 
2110 New South Post Road, United States Military Academy, West Point; (845) 938-3590; 9:30am to 4pm
The mission of the West Point Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret historically significant artifacts pertaining to the United States Military Academy, United States Army and the Profession of Arms.

October 9-11

Putnam History Museum - Cold Spring & Nelsonville Self-guided History Crawls
63 Chestnut Street, Cold Spring; (845) 265-4010; 12pm to 4pm; Free
Explore local history with two self-guided, socially-distant History Crawls.

October 10

Mount Gulian Historic Site - Three Hundred Years Of History And Almost As Many Reasons To Visit!
145 Sterling Street, Beacon; (845) 831-8172; 12pm to 3pm; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children (ages 6-18); free for children under 6
Mount Gulian is a reconstruction of the 18th-century Dutch house that served as headquarters of Major General Friedrich von Steuben, drillmaster of the Continental Army in 1783.

Mesier HomesteadGuided Tours with Costumed Docents
2 Spring Street, Wappingers Falls; (845) 632-1281; 1pm to 4pm; Free
The 1741 Mesier Homestead in Wappingers Falls is open for special costumed docent led tours. 

D&H Canal Historical SocietyFree tour of the National Historic Landmark Five Locks
315 Route 213, High Falls; (917) 821-4134; 2pm to 3:30pm; Free
D&H Canal Historical Society Historian & Curator Bill Merchant and Curatorial Assistant Courtney McNamara will guide you along the National Historic Landmark Five Locks Walk, five extant D&H Canal Locks from the 1850 enlargement of the Canal, restored in 2000.



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