Queens Looks into the Past with Revolutionary War Exhibit and Walking Tour this Weekend


    Those who don’t study history are bound to repeat it. In late August 1776, General William Howe’s British army landed on what is now Long Island, seeking to capture New York City from the Patriot forces who had sparked the American Revolution. Soon thereafter, Howe and his Red Coats overwhelmed General George Washington’s troops in Brooklyn, forcing them to retreat to Manhattan by boat. By September 15th, the British had taken New York City. On August 23rd of this year, the Onderdonk House will commemorate this historical battle with an exhibit on General Nathaniel Woodhull, the first militia general killed in the Revolutionary War. The Ridgewood landmark will also re-open an exhibit on the Daughters of the American Revolution, conduct tours of its colonial kitchen, and organize a Colonial Kids event.

    A photo and information on another history-based event this weekend are on the jump page.

    Jason D. Antos has written books on Flushing, Jackson Heights, Queens in general, Shea Stadium, and Whitestone. On August 24, he will walk his talk with a guided tour through historic Whitestone. With a program partially supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he will trace the old Whitestone line of the North Side branch of the Long Island Rail Road and explore nearby Beechhurst and old Whitestone Village.


    Details: General Nathaniel Woodhull and the Battle of Brooklyn, Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, August 23rd, 1 pm, $3, free for children.

    Bonus details: Walking Tour of Whitestone, meet at Waldbaum’s Shopping Center, 213-15 26th Avenue, Bay Terrace, August 24th, 2 pm to 5 pm, $10, contact jasonantos@aol.com. (Rain date: Sunday September 7 at same time and meeting place.)

    Top photo: Ridgewood Social; bottom photo: Wiki

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