Jacob Wins Scholarship With Hathorn!

JacobButchkoCongratulations to Jacob Butchko, high school senior and active member of our Living History group, on winning the Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation’s 2018 Scholarship Essay competition.  Guess what topic he chose to highlight?  Gen. John Hathorn and the Friends of Hathorn House!

You can read his great essay here:

Butchko essay


Sheep Donates Fleece to Honor Rev War Vets

Delpha, or “46”, relaxing on the farm

One of Warwick’s sheep has literally given the coat off her back to support the Friends of Hathorn House educational programs. Delphi, or “Forty Six” as she is officially known, was happy to help out a good cause.

“We put out a call for locally sourced wool so we could demonstrate farm life of Warwick’s Revolutionary War era and its connections to today,”, explains Sue Gardner of the Friends. “Our Living History programs include hand spinning and showing the production of colonial clothing from wool. Dominique Herman, a local shepherd, heard about our need and offered to donate Delphi’s spring ‘haircut’.  We are totally thrilled to accept this generous gift!”

The Friends call the program “Ewe 2 You”, emphasizing that locally made textiles were a part of the patriots’ determination to be independent not only of the English political system but of their products as well—boycotting them as a form of social protest.  “We all can connect with that idea today, because it’s a method people still use to voice opposition or create economic pressure for change,” Gardner adds. “Two hundred and fifty years ago the Non-Importation movement was really picking up steam, thanks to a rabble rouser named Samuel Adams and his Circular Letter of 1768.”

“Forty Six” is a Saxon Merino sheep enjoying relaxing with Herman after retiring in 2017 from the Catskill Merino Sheep Farm, a successful wool farm nearby. While she was working, the ewe also produced several sets of twin lambs and has always been a very special sheep, Herman notes.

A video of the shearing has been posted on the Friends YouTube channel so all can enjoy seeing Forty Six’s “spa day” with Aaron Loux of Aaron’s Shearing.

Video of Aaron Loux Shearing “46”

He carefully removed the fleece while the ewe relaxed, having been through the painless “haircut” many times before.

“You’ll be able to see and experience the whole process of washing and spinning and cloth production this summer at local historical events, or groups can request a visit from our volunteers,” Gardner adds, “Thanks to Dominique and Delphi, we’ve got wool!”

The Friends of Hathorn House is a historical society dedicated to honoring Warwick’s Revolutionary War legacy.  To learn more visit the group’s website at hathornhouse.wordpress.com or email hathornhouse@gmail.com.

Living History Schedule for 2018

We have a busy season ahead of studying and sharing our Rev War history!  Here is the current calendar— check with us to confirm if you are planning on attending, as things may shift depending on weather, etc.  Email hathornhouse@gmail.com to confirm.

Rain location for Monday meetings at Wickham Lake is the covered picnic area of Wickham Woodlands Manor (see map below for meeting locations within the park).

May 7 (Monday)         MEETING: Wickham Woodlands Park Picnic Area by Lake   6:30

May 16 & 17 (W/Th)  EVENT: Support for Fourth Grade Tours (12:15-1:15, Lewis Park) free lunch; in coop. with Warwick HS. Rain date May 18.

June 3 (Sunday)        INTERESTING: Revolutionary Tunes: Popular Music of the 18th Century With the Salmagundi Consort (Albert Wisner Library)  2-3:30

June 4 (Monday)        MEETING: Place TBA 6:30 (Weather permitting)

June 9, 10                  INTERESTING: 18th Century Market Fair at Locust Lawn (Gardiner NY) with the Brigade of the American Revolution $8/person, 10am – 4pm. Locust Lawn is located at 436 South Route 32, in Gardiner, New York, at the intersection of Route 32 and Dubois Road

June 30 (Saturday)   EVENT: New Milford Patriot Day, New Milford Historical Society Museum. Time: 12-2.  Not an official FOHH event, but living history reenactors welcome to add “eye candy”. Contact Sue to confirm the event if you are coming.

July 9 (Monday)         MEETING: Wickham Woodlands Park Picnic Area by Lake   6:30

July 21 (Saturday)     EVENT:  Battle of Minisink Commemorations

July 22 (Sunday)       EVENT:  TBA DAR Commemoration @ Battle monument, Goshen

July 29 (Sunday)       EVENT:  George Washington Day with Warwick Hist. Soc. (Lewis Park)

Oct. 14 (Sunday)       TENTATIVE Applefest historical activities @ Lewis Park with Warwick Hist Society

Drop Spindle Group:  3rd Friday (at: co-sponsor Albert Wisner Public Library) May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21, Oct. 19