Week of Revolution

August 27 - September 4, 2017

Get closer to the story of Benedict Arnold’s infamous defection through a week jam-packed with events, reenactments and outdoor adventures at Boscobel House and Gardens, Putnam History Museum, West Point Museum, Constitution Island, and more — perfect for the history nerd in all of us! 

11:00a - 4:00p  |  Living History: Military Reenactment Day at Boscobel House and Gardens

Explore military encampments from American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War as reenactors demonstrate camp life with inspections, formations, musket firings, artillery demonstrations, and drills. See General George Washington inspect his troops, President Abraham Lincoln address his army, and more! Tickets are distributed directly by Boscobel. BUY TICKETS >

6:15p - 6:45p  |  Pre-Show Q&A with Allison Pataki, Author of The Traitor's Wife

7:30p - 10:00p  |  Performance: THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA

5:00p - 7:00p  |  Community Open House at the Boscobel Mansion

Boscobel House and Gardens will open its historic house to the public. Learn more > 

7:30p  |  Community Night Under the Tent - HAMILTUNES: An American Singalong

Sing for revolution! Top tracks from everyone's favorite Broadway smash-hit come to life under the HVSF Theater Tent, with YOU leading the charge. Be sure to reserve your free general admission tickets before they disappear, and arrive at the Tent early to sign up for your turn at the mic!

7:30p - 10:00p  |  Performance: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE


5:30p - 7:00p  |  Teen Trivia Night

Form a team and flex those trivia muscles! We'll challenge you to a battle of wits focusing on the concept of Revolution in history, pop-culture, literature, and more. 

7:30p - 10:00p  |  Performance: THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA

Afternoon (Time TBA)  |  Revolutionary War Children's Activities at Boscobel House and Gardens

Experience an afternoon of free activities for the younger set, including educational games, interactive demonstrations, Boscobel’s beloved Patriots & Loyalists program involving role-playing to recreate military battles, and more! Learn more >

7:30p - 10:00p  |  Performance: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

6:15p - 7:00p  |  Friday Night Prologue: Playwright Richard Nelson

Friday Night Prologues, HVSF’s popular series of free pre-show discussions anchored to Friday night performances, will cast its focus on the Revolution with an informal discussion led by THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA playwright Richard Nelson and a group of Revolutionary History scholars and experts.

7:30p - 10:00p  |  Performance: THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA

10:00p - 11:30p  |  21+ Trivia Night 

Form a team and flex those trivia muscles! We'll challenge you to a battle of wits focusing on the concept of Revolution in history, pop-culture, literature, and more. Embibe and enjoy local fare while you're at it! 

2:00p - 5:00p  |  A Bite of History at the Putnam History Museum

Museum visitors can sample homemade Revolutionary-era food and try their hand at Revolutionary War trivia. Learn more > 

10:00a - 11:30a  |  Following the Traitor's Trail: A Hike with Hudson Highlands Land Trust

Join Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk for a family-friendly hike that follows the footsteps of General George Washington’s men as they chased after the traitorous Benedict Arnold. Children will be delighted to search for clues along the Arnold’s Flight Trail in Garrison, and help General Washington track the elusive turncoat. The trail’s changing terrain and inclines will add to the sense of adventure! Recommended for children ages 4-7 and their families. Meet at the Philipstown Recreation Center parking lot and be prepared for moderate terrain (no strollers, please).  Learn more >

Lunch (Time TBA)  |  Brown Bag Lunch at the West Point Museum

Participants will be treated to a panel of West Point Scholars speaking about the Revolutionary War period and Benedict Arnold’s role in its history. Learn more >

3:00p - 6:00p  |  Boat Tour of Constitution Island with the Constitution Island Association

Experience Arnold’s own flight across the Hudson River and this historic island! Learn more > 

7:30p - 10:00p  |  Performance: THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA (Closing)

6:00p - 7:00p  |  Closing Night: Regency-Era Lawn Party on Boscobel's Great Lawn

Help us bid farewell to HVSF's 31st Season with an open-air pre-show affair not to be missed. Wear your best Jane Austen-inspired party clothes! Learn more >

7:30p - 10:00p  |  Performance: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Closing)


July 23 - Fall 2017  |  Exhibit: Benedict Arnold in the Hudson Highlands at Putnam History Museum

PHM will display documents, clothing, art, books, and other artifacts to help tell the story of Arnold's defection, with a preview reception for PHM members on the evening of Saturday, July 22.  Material will be loaned from the West Point Museum at the United States Military Academy, the Unique Collections department of the West Point Library, and several local collectors.  Learn more >

August  |  Treasure Hunt at West Point Museum

Together with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, the Museum will create a custom Revolutionary War Treasure Hunt guide to encourage exploration through its halls and discovery of items relating to the Revolutionary period and Arnold himself. The guide will be offered in WPM’s gift shop throughout the summer! Learn more >