Last Sunday, Sept. 18, the community turned out for the 17th Road to Freedom Walk, the Dobbs Ferry Historical Society’s annual commemoration of a pivotal local event in Revolutionary War history. Some years have brought special challenges — “George Washington” delayed in traffic, temps in the high 90s, a pandemic — and this year we had a new one: the recent gun legislation required that our soldiers leave their muskets at home. Like General Washington who once complained “I have reached the end of my tether,” we determined to soldier on.
We would like to thank those who partnered with us to make the event memorable, including the Village of Dobbs Ferry; Erik Carlson of the Dobbs Ferry Public Library, who mounted a display of books about the period; Robert Lee of the New York State Parks Department, who offered colonial games on our lawn; and the host of re-enactors who brought history to life. We appreciate the generous support of this year’s two sponsors, Tensor Foundation and Hudson River National Heritage Area.