Experience living history on Constitution Island!
The Constitution Island Association’s Reenactment Day 2017 will honor Constitution Island’s role in the American Revolution during the 240th anniversary of the Saratoga Campaign of 1777 and, with Cold Spring, in the Civil War. There will be a special performance by Treason 1780 of Major General Arnold’s treachery to support Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s production of “The General from America” at Boscobel.
Watch as soldiers from both wars fire muskets, rifles and cannons! See what camp life looked like for troops through inspections, drills, and tactical formations. You’ll get to visit the soldiers’ camps and the new Education Center, and take a guided tour to the island’s redoubts and batteries. Music will be provided by the West Point Band’s Hellcats, and the West Point Cadet Black Knights Drill Team will demonstrate their crack drill skills. Be prepared for the thrills of tall tales by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk. Food and drinks will be available, or pack a picnic lunch.
Bring your friends and family. The event is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.
August 27th, 2016 - view flyer
Schedule of Events
SATURDAY, August 26, 2017
10:00am - 4:00pm
Children’s 18th century games will be available on the lawn over the course of the day.
Docents will be available to discuss the Warner House & Gardens & lead tours to some of the American Revolutionary fortifications.
*Events may change over the course of the day.*
10:00 A.M. Site Open to Public; 18th and 19th century soldiers’ camp and military activities all day;
formations, inspection, and drill in camps
10:30 A.M. American Revolutionary & Civil War Cannon Demonstration with infantry support
(Point near flag pole and Marine Battery)
11:00 A.M. Demonstration by the Hellcats, West Point Band
11:15 A.M. Demonstration by West Point Black Knights Drill Team
11:30 A.M. American Revolution & Civil War Infantry & Artillery Drill & Firing Demonstrations on lawn
NOONING (lunch) Fortifications tour for public
12:00 P.M. Burden of Honor: Hamilton's Final Errand
12:30 P.M. American Revolutionary Music
12:45 P.M. Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk
1:15 P.M. Demonstration by the Hellcats, West Point Band
1:30 P.M. Demonstration by West Point Black Knights Drill Team
1:45 PM American Revolution & Civil War Cannon, Music, & Infantry Demonstrations
2:15 P.M. Meet President Lincoln and General Grant
2:45 P.M. Demonstration by West Point Black Knights Drill Team
3:00 P.M. Hudson River Valley Stories by Jonathan Kruk
3:30 P.M. American Revolutionary Tactical Weapons Demonstration
4:00 P.M. Retreat
4:30 P.M. Last van for public departs Constitution Island
4:45 P.M. Last boat for public departs Constitution Island to West Point South Dock
*Photos of the event, including guests, will be taken for the Association website and other related publications.
Adults: $10.00 each | School Groups: $7.50 each | Seniors: $9.00 each
Ages 6-16: $9:00 each (under 6 are free) | Cadets, active duty military and DOD personnel: Free.
Please bring photo ID - driver’s license or passport
(16 and over)
Cold Spring Metro-North Train Station - free parking
For those coming from the east side of the Hudson River, buses will be running to and from Constitution Island from 9:45am through the last scheduled departure at 4:30 pm. The buses will be waiting at the gate at the south end of the parking lot.
West Point's South Dock - free parking
For those coming from the west side of the Hudson River, a boat will leave West Point’s South Dock every half hour from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. At West Point, follow signs to the visitors center and "West Point - South Gate". Proceed through the security checkpoint. Just beyond the gate, pass the Thayer Hotel on the right and then turn right onto "Williams Road". At the bottom of the hill is the Hudson River and South Dock.
*Per the schedule below, the last boat will depart Constitution Island at 4:45 pm - no boats from Garrison Landing this year
From Constitution Island to West Point South Dock
9:45 am 10:15 am 10:45 am 11:15 am 11:45 am
12:15 pm 12:45 pm 1:15 pm 1:45 pm 2:15 pm
2:45 pm 3:15 pm 3:45 pm 4:15 pm 4:45 pm
The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area is a Sponsor of this event. www.hudsonrivervalley.com
The United States Military Academy (USMA) and United States Army Garrison (USAG) West Point are not co-sponsors of this event and the use of Constitution Island does not constitute endorsement of the Constitution Island Association or its requests for donations.