Westport’s First Selectman, Jim Marpe, will proclaim April 2017 “American Revolution Month” in recognition of the 240th anniversary of The Danbury Raid when the British landed at Compo Beach and raided Patriot supplies in Danbury. Here in Westport, the Historical Society will collaborate with other organizations to join in the month-long celebration.
Westport Historical Society will join the town in memorializing the raid – and the resistance by militia troops under the command of Brigadier General Benedict Arnold – with an exhibit at Wheeler House, 25 Avery Place from April 1 to April 29.
The main exhibit, curated by Edward Hynes, in the Sheffer Gallery, will feature maps of the British troop movements, accounts of skirmishes between Red Coats and Patriots at Ridgefield and Compo Hill, portraits of the principal commanders, and displays of uniforms and weaponry.
An opening reception for the exhibit will take place Sunday, April 2 from 3 – 5 pm. The exhibit continues through April 29.
In addition, there will be a bus tour tracing the British route on Sunday, April 23, and a lecture on Wednesday, April 26, by Edward Hynes, a Society board member who is well-known for his talks on The Danbury Raid.
Ed Hynes, CFA, is a native of Wilton, CT and lives in Norwalk. He and his wife have traveled extensively to various battlegrounds around the country and overseas.
For more information see our website, westporthistory.org.
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