February 27, 2015
To our Living History Colleagues,
I am pleased to extend this official invitation to Stone Fort Days Revolutionary War encampment and reenactment, October 3& 4 2015. The event is supported the Burning of the Valleys Military Association (BVMA), the Northern Brigade, and the Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR).
The theme of this year’s event is the 235th Anniversary of the October 1780 raid….”The Burning of the Valleys. . . ” This was the largest Loyalist raid during the American Revolution, leaving much of the Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys devastated in its wake.
For those of you who may not be familiar with us, the event takes place on a 25-acre site that includes the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex. The fort itself was built as a church in 1772 and stockaded in 1777 as one of a chain of fortifications along the Schoharie Creek, then on the frontier of Mohawk territory. Known then as the Lower Fort, it was garrisoned almost continuously, often by Continental or State troops, and attacked during Sir John Johnson’s massive raid of October, 1780. Although the stockade was removed in 1785, the original building still stands and has been a museum for 124 years featuring an extensive collection of military artifacts.
There is ample room for parking, camping and a large battlefield. The event generally draws several thousand spectators and is planned and organized by a committee that includes a number of reenactors. A full schedule of day and evening activities is always part of the event. Tactical demonstrations include a raid and burning of a settlement (weather permitting) and historical vignettes based on the event theme. There will be off-site tacticals each day. Period music and dance, a tavern/dance Saturday evening, sutlers, artisans and audience interaction are important components. Firewood, water and straw are provided to reenactors as well as discounts on Museum Store purchases and food. Onsite dinner will be provided to participants Friday upon their arrival.
Stone Fort Days is an invitational event. Only those units who receive an invitation may participate on the battlefield. We do not wish to limit attendance, but we are committed to inviting only those units that have a demonstrated record of safety and authenticity. In order to build our invitation list we urge you to send us contact information of units you can vouch for so we can invite them. Units that do not receive an invitation will by prior arrangement with the host unit. No walk-ons please!
Online registration is linked to the BVMA website (http://bvma.org/wordpress/?page_id=25). In the alternative, please fill out the enclosed pre-registration forms and return as soon as possible. Confirmation letters and further information will be mailed at a later date. If you have any questions, please contact the museum at (518) 295-7192, email: email@example.com, or John Osinski, event commander, (518) 827-5429, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carle J. Kopecky