Milford Preservation Trust to honor George Washington Victory Days

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October 14, 2016 by milfordpreservationtrust

Milford Preservation Trust is honoring George Washington’s “Victory Days” this Saturday, October 15th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, at the historic John Downs homestead (“The Minuteman House”), 139 North Street, Milford, Connecticut.

John Downs House ("The Minuteman House"), 139 North Street, Milford, CT (photo credit: Tim Chaucer).

Milford’s John Downs House (“The Minuteman House”) (Photo Credit: Tim Chaucer).

According to Milford Presentation Trust’s Tim Chaucer, who organizes activities at the John Downs House, “October is notable and worthy of celebration, as the month which saw an entire British Army surrender at Saratoga, New York, on October 17, 1777, as well as the month which saw the decisive surrender of British General Lord Cornwallis to General George Washington, at Yorktown, Virginia, on October 19, 1781.

(Photo Credit: Tim Chaucer)

(Photo Credit: Tim Chaucer)

“Our gathering at the John Downs House this Saturday honors the men and women who helped bring these victories about. An actor portraying Joseph Plumb Martin, who was heroic at the battle of Yorktown, will convey the story of what happened there. Milford’s John Downs, who rebuilt the house, very likely was the man who imparted Martin’s gift for the written word, as his teacher during the long winter months”, Chaucer added.

Washington on an early American pitcher, one of the many antiques on display this Saturday (Photo Credit: Tim Chaucer).

Washington on an early American pitcher, one of the many antiques on display this Saturday (Photo Credit: Tim Chaucer).

Visitors can tour the home, and view the collection of antiques, period artifacts, and historical prints on display. Light refreshments will also be on hand.

An actual Revolutionary War cannonball on display (Photo Credit: Tim Chaucer).

An actual Revolutionary War cannonball on display (Photo Credit: Tim Chaucer).

This event is free. However, modest (tax deductible) donations will gladly be accepted, to raise money for restoring the home to its 1775 glory. Apple pies are also being sold to raise funds, as well.  Hope to see you there!

Here’s Milford Mirror’s coverage of this event.

— John Poole


 

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