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.


It’s history in the eating. This Saturday, the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society will host Cook Like A Soldier, a reenactment of a meal that Revolutionary War soldiers might have consumed during the Battle of Brooklyn, which took place in August 1776. Culinary historian Carolina M. Capehart, an experienced hearth cook and writer, will prepare provisions over an open fire at the Vander-Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood. Capehart specializes in cooking with the recipes, equipment and ingredients of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The event will take place on the grounds of the historic Dutch Colonial stone house, but tours of Onderdonk’s recently restored, 18th century kitchen will be offered for those who prefer indoor dining.

Details: Cook Like a Soldier, Onderdonk House, 18-20 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, August 24th, 11 am – 3 pm, $10/$3.

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