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 Business 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 (Holiday Party)    


              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; or,
call (914) 736-7868-.    ____________________________      

 Sunday, October 6th, last open house of the 2019 season....See you in the Spring!

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National          Historic Trail e-Newsletter

In this issue we highlight the recent trail assessment workshops, 250th anniversary planning, recognition of David Wagner receiving the French Legion of Merit, a special memorial service for French soldiers, Brandywine Village receiving a historical marker, passport stampers and upcoming events. 

Memorial Service for French Soldiers
Van Cortlandtville, NY - The Van Cortlandtville Historical Society’s annual memorial service for the eight French soldiers who died in that New York community during the Revolutionary War was held Sunday, July 7, 2019, at Old Saint Peter’s Church.
French forces used the church as a military hospital in 1781 and 1782 when they were in the area before and after the victory of Generals Washington and Rochambeau over the British in Yorktown, Virginia, in October 1781. 

The service, which attracted about 25 people, continued a tradition that began in 2001 and featured a background talk, a musket salute and a mourn arms ceremony. It was led by Jeff Canning of W3R-US, and Anne de Neuville, of the Society. 
Reenactors stand at attention as Jeff Canning speaks inside Old Saint Peter’s Church about the presence of French soldiers in Van Cortlandtville during the Revolutionary War. With him is Anne de Neuville. Photo by Lucie Poirier
Reenactors prepare to fire a musket salute outside Old Saint Peter’s Church. Behind them are a large memorial stone and crosses erected in 1999. The monument at left lists the names of soldiers from the area who fought for American independence. Photo by Lucie Poirier

SEE EVENT PAGE for upcoming Speaker and Programs*********************
 Sunday, October 6, 2-4 p.m., last open house of the season
Saturday, October 19, 2 p.m., general membership meeting. Program: 

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