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The snowy weather didn't stop some people in Newburgh from starting birthday celebrations early for one our founding fathers. Our Michael Howard has that story.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- As many were still busy digging out Saturday in Newburgh, others were in a celebrating spirit.
The reason you’re asking? To celebrate George Washington’s Birthday.
“Washington had 160 some odd headquarters during the 8 ½ year war and he was here the longest,” said Washington State Historic Site Manager Elyse Goldberg.
Saturday on the grounds of the Washington State Historic Site in Newburgh, many gathered to celebrate and take a step back into history, to see what it was like back during the time of our first U.S. president.
“We have enactors that will be here Sunday and Monday to do Military drills on the grounds, the museum building is open with galleries, crafts for the kids. There’s a lot to do," said Goldberg.
The location was picked by Washington to protect the Hudson River, as New York City was occupied by the British at the time. Many historic events occurred on the grounds including the creation of the Purple Heart. As Washington himself was in attendance.
“Without him I really doubt that our county would of succeeded because there were so many factions and he was just the right person to hold everything together and he truly was our greatest founding father,” said John Koopman, the George Washington Impersonator.
The snowy weather didn’t keep many from taking it all in but for those who don’t want to trek though the snow this weekend, Washington has some words of encouragement.
“If the continental army was without shoes, their marches were traced by the blood from their feet in the snow. If they went out in the snow and bled from their feet I think people can come in and see this event,” said Koopman.
The event will continue Sunday and Monday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.