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History museum to welcome ‘Ben Franklin’

June 5, 2013

NARROWSBURG, NY — “Ben Franklin” visits the Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History on Saturday, June 8 to teach visitors how he built his famous “electrifying” kite as a month-long series of Scout Weekends continues throughout the month of June. Historic instructions (with some modern supplies and adaptations) will be provided for the hands-on craft making experience.

Admission for all Scouts in uniform, and for anyone accompanied by a Scout in uniform, costs $3. Scouts need not come with their troops or troop leaders. Admission includes a tour of the Fort, where costumed docents interpret the lives and lifestyles of the first European settlers in the Upper Delaware River Valley. Demonstrations include candle making, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, gardening, cabin keeping, and so-called “blasts from the past” on an authentic signal cannon.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday until June 28, when the fort opens on Fridays and Mondays. The museum is located at 6615 State Route 97. Call 845/252-6660.