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.
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.
“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.
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.
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!
— John Poole