Stony Brook, NY – Coming out of the shadows of history are four “Courageous Women of the Revolutionary War” who will be showcased at one day only, first of its kind live theatrical performances at four of Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s (WMHO) historic properties September 28 from 10 am to 4 pm (rain date September 29). This will be the first time these historic homes have all been open at the same time. The critical roles women played during the war and the rich history of the Three Village area will be featured as well. Each of these sites is listed on the National and State Register of Historic Places and has its own connection to the American Revolution.
Based on historical literature and oral histories from the Three Village area, the general public will be invited to take a guided tour on a journey back in time to the years that also helped spearhead the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Visitors will be greeted by a character in the first person who will explain her personal fears and tribulations learning to survive during the war. At The Thompson House, c. 1709 guests will meet Doctor Samuel Thompson’s wife, Phoebe Thompson; Rebecca Mills Brewster, wife of Joseph Brewster (cousin of Spy Ring member, Caleb Brewster) will be at The Brewster House, c. 1665; a Grist Mill “Dusty” at the Stony Brook Grist Mill, c. 1751 and Ruth Mills, the wife of Culper Spy, Jonas Hawkins will be at The Mount House, c. 1725. These live performances will take place in the middle of the conflict, forcing guests to consider, “What would you do during these treacherous times?” The British have taken hold of Long Island. Many husbands and young men are arrested and enslaved on prison boats in New York Harbor. Innocent boys are forced into service for the British Army. Wives, mothers and daughters are alone, protecting their children and property.
There will be three tours: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm and guests will be transported to the performances by trolley. Each tour will be 1 ½ hours long. The cost will be $40 pp. The mission of the program, made possible by a grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, is to inspire and educate the public about the contributions of these valiant women while fostering an appreciation of the Three Village region and its cultural heritage. Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation said, “We view this educational program as a model and resource for other historical organizations to use to engage the public. This event brings the historic homes to life.” Gloria Rocchio, President of WMHO says, “We are very thankful to the Gardiner Foundation for giving us the opportunity to share our vision that we’ve had for so long with the general public.”
For reservations and further information call 631-751-2244.