REVOLUTION! Living History Weekend


Living History Weekend

at Mabee Farm Historic Site
Saturday, June 25 • 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, June 26 • 10 AM – 3 PM
Schenectady, 1776: On the brink of revolution, Schenectady’s citizens had to decide: would they stay loyal to England, or turn against their king?

Our 32 Washington location will be closed on Saturday, June 25 for this event.

This summer, you and your family must decide for yourselves. Are you Patriots, fighting for American Independence? Or are you Loyalists, fighting to keep the King’s peace? At the Mabee Farm Historic Site, Patriots and Loyalists alike, plus tradesmen, musicians, and textile artisans, surgeons, laundresses, brewers, bakers, and blacksmiths will gather to help you explore both sides of the story.

Which side will you choose?

REVOLUTION! Living History Weekend activities include:

• Loyalist, Patriot, & Civilian encampments10273152_10152196412908099_1186115269415290879_o-2
• Children’s militia drills
• Children’s games & colonial education
• Military skirmishes
• Chocolate demos (Saturday only)
• Brewing demonstrations
• Blacksmithing demonstrations
• Cheesemaking demonstrations
• Carpentry demonstrations
• Coopering demonstrations
• Laundry demonstrations
• Wool & textile arts demonstrations
• Colonial surgery demonstrations
• Shortgown workshop (Sunday only)
• Mohawk River bateaux presentation
• “Henry Glen, Servant of the Army” conversation with Library/Archivist Michael Maloney
• Committee of Safety meetings
• Historic exhibits & tours
• Nature trails
• …And more!!

••• Stay up late with us! REVOLUTION! continues into Saturday night with traditional live music and dancing in the Dutch Barn! •••

Admission is $5.00 for adults, free for children and students. On Saturday the 25th the site will be open to the public from 10:00 – 5:00, and Sunday the 26th from 10:00 – 3:00. For more information, please visit or contact Educator Jenna Peterson Riley at 518-887-5073, or by email at The Mabee Farm Historic Site is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking in front of the George E. Franchere Education Center.


IMG_3546Join the fun early! Follow our Mohawk River bateaux as they make their annual row on the Hudson and Mohawk rivers!

The Big Row is an annual rowing trip by 18th century living history interpreters done with replica boats and gear.  By taking multi-day trips, participants immerse themselves in understanding of old techniques.

Dates: June 21 to June 24; departing from Rogers Island, NY and arriving at Mabee Farm’s REVOLUTION! Living History Weekend.