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History Weekend at Ten Mile River

July 30, 2014

NARROWSBURG, NY — History Weekend, a free two-day event celebrating the history of Sullivan County and the region, will be held on Saturday, August 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps (Headquarters Camp), 1481 Crystal Lake Rd.

The event is supported by local history museums, historical societies, reenactment groups and the National Park Service. There will be lectures on the Lenape Indians, the Delaware and Hudson Canal, the Civilian Conservation Corps, Narrowsburg and early aviation, nature and animals of the early years of Sullivan County, the French and Indian Wars and the NYC Reservoir System in the Catskills.

There will be hands-on displays on many of the above topics, plus pioneering era artifacts, 18th century surveying equipment and Canada’s involvement in the Civil War. There will be flintlock rifle firing and candle-making demonstrations, re-enactors from the eras of the American Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and U.S. Civil War.

There will be guided hikes up Tusten Mountain to see the old bluestone mines and guided walks of the Ten Mile River CCC Camp site; The Ten Mile River Scout Museum, with displays on local and regional history; the CCC and Camp Ten Mile River; and The Kernochan Blockhouse, a reproduction miniature pioneering-era blockhouse, with pioneering-era tools, games and household items and a recreation of a 1930s-era T.M.R. open-air cabin, with exhibits on T.M.R. camp life in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

Simple lunch foods will be available for purchase on Sunday. Not all programs will be offered both days. For additional information, call the Ten Mile River Scout Museum at 845/252-3775 or email David Malatzky at