Red Hook Bicentennial Celebration

2012 marks the town of Red Hook’s Bicentennial and the town is hosting a bevy of events to celebrate this 200th anniversary.

Following is a list of events taking place this weekend (May 19 – 20, 2012). All information is from the official site of Red Hook’s Bicentennial,


Heritage House and Barn Tour
Explore two centuries of Red Hook architecture in a self-driven tour of rarely open houses, barns and churches. Informative displays and knowledgeable docents enhance the visit. Highlights include Barrytown’s elegant Edgewater, one of America’s finest classical revival houses, and a closing reception at Red Hook’s stately Maizeland. Admission $25 ($30 after May 13; children 12 and under free). Reservations required. Mail in reservation form below. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Check in –Elmendorph Inn, North Broadway & Cherry Street, Red Hook 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Tour 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Reception Reservation Form – May 19 House & Barn Tour (Note: As of 5/14, reservations are being taken on a waiting list basis only until we hear back from  a couple of the owners on capacity).


Heritage Weekend at Montgomery Place
In honor of the Bicentennial and New York State Heritage Weekend, Montgomery Place Historic Site is opening its grounds and mansion free to the public. View the rare 1797 map of Red Hook and Rhinebeck, presented for the first time. Marvel at the stately public rooms, stroll the gardens, picnic on the broad lawns overlooking the Hudson. Take a self-directed hike through the West Meadow, the South Woods, or down to the falls of the Sawkill. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Grounds open – Montgomery Place Historic Site, River Road, Annandale 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Mansion tours


Music of the Early Nineteenth Century: A Parlor Concert for the Classical Guitar
Performed by David Temple The formal parlor of larger homes was perhaps the most popular venue for singers and instrumentalists of the 18th and 19th centuries.  The intimate setting lends itself to more personal musical expression, rewarding the listener with a more immediate, unique experience.  Reception to follow. Admission: $12;  at the door. (Proceeds go to support production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” September 14 and 15). 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Elmendorph Inn, North Broadway & Cherry Street, Red Hook

Red Hook’s Bicentennial celebration continues through the summer and into the fall with many more events. For a full list of the events and additional details, check out

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