Van Cortlandtville Historical Society - Where History Comes Alive
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                            We are located in the
                      LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE
                                         297 Locust Avenue
                                Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567   
     Regular meetings, followed by a program, are held on the third Saturday of each month beginning at 2 p.m.(except as noted)  July (picnic) November (annual luncheon)December (Christmas Party)             
      THE VAN CORTLANDTVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY       CELEBRATING " 95 "  YEARS OF HISTORY IN 2016
 
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            Historic Little Red Schoolhouse  
The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society will host an Open House the first Sunday of each month from April to November... from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, New York.  The event is open free to the public. Visitors will be given a guided tour of the 19-century one-room schoolhouse, which until the mid-1970s was still functioning as part of the Lakeland Central School District.  The schoolroom and adjoining meeting room of the Society has books, photographs and classroom items dating back to that early era.   Light refreshments will be available. The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at the north end of Locust Avenue next to Old Saint Peter’s Church and cemetery, just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt.  For more information:  Visit our website at www.vancort.net; or,
call (914) 736-7868-.    ____________________________      

         OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE:     
 FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 2-4 PM
 The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society hosts an open house free to the public from 2 to 4 p.m., the first Sunday of the month, from April to October, at The Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor.  Visitors will be given a guided tour of the 19th-century one-room schoolhouse, which until the mid-1970s was still functioning as part of the Lakeland Schools. The schoolroom and adjoining meeting room, where the Society runs monthly speaker programs, has various history-related books, vintage photographs, and classroom items dating back to that early era.  Light refreshments will be served.  The Schoolhouse is located at the north end of Locust Avenue, next to Historic Old Saint Peter's Church and cemetery, on the hill just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt. 
For more information, visit: www.vancort.net; or call (914) 736-7868.

               SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2 PM     
                       2 p.m. Free to the Public
      FIELD TOWER AND FARM HISTORY 
         " The Fascinating Field Family of Mohegan Lake"

 Presented by Terence Ducey ..Yorktown Historical Society

   Come and see the vintage pictures and hear the story of the fascinating family history of William Bradhurst Osgood Field and his past properties in Mohegan Lake, dating back to 1850.Learn about the origin of one of the more recognizable landmarks in the area---the tall tower on Strawberry Road. Why was it built? Who used it during WorldWar II?
    What was the influence of the Field Family who first settled in Yorktown in the mid-1700s? Learn about the historical significance of Westfield Farm, which encompassed almost 100 acres in the Mohegan area along Strawberry Road and Lexingtron Avenue north of Route 6.




COMING SOON ANNUAL COLONIAL FAIR
                  SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 1-4 PM


The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society is hosting an exciting Colonial Fair for visitors to experience historic schooling, cooking, weaving and military tradition of that era on
   Sunday, June 7, from 1 to 4 p.m.
     at The Little Red Schoolhouse
             297 Locust Avenue,
  Cortlandt Manor, New York. 
                           The event is for all age groups
                           and is open free to the   public. 
“Come one, come all to our treasured one-room schoolhouse---located alongside one of the oldest restored Houses of Worship in Westchester. Take a pause to step back in time and savor the history,” says retired teacher Mary Foley of Cortlandt Manor, the project coordinator for the event and a member of the Society’s Board of Directors.  “Join us for an enjoyable, enriching and enlightening experience,” she urges.

           The afternoon will feature 2 sessions of classes in the authentic setting of the schoolhouse and taught by retired principal Frank Goncalves of Newburgh.  

           Jack Lancaster of Cortlandt Manor, in the role of George Washington, will give guided tours of Old Saint Peter’s
Church (where Washington worshipped) nestled in the adjacent cemetery.  

           Members of the 2 NY Continental, led by retired U.S. Army Colonel Joe Cerreto of Montrose, will portray revolutionary-era military traditions, as they seek to enlist a few good men…and women!

            Beth Olson coming all the way from Canandaigua, NY will demonstrate the art of weaving.

           Outdoor Colonial Cooking---using vintage utensils and a local catch of fish---will be demonstrated by historian Ted Winser of Newburgh…and he will offer tasty tidbits of his culinary skills.  Other light refreshments will also be available in our gathering room.  

The Little Red Schoolhouse is located at the north end of Locust Avenue, next to Old Saint Peter’s Church and cemetery, on the hill just south of Oregon Road in the Town of Cortlandt. 

                   For more information, call (914) 736-7868.

 












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