Re-scheduled Revolution--Occupati­on--Evacuation! Revolution in Lower Manhattan

This is the NEW DATE for the tour postponed from May 19 due to incessant rain--here's hoping for bluer skies!

Washington, Hamilton, Howe, Carleton: they all played their part in the history of the Revolution in New York City.

Along our walk from City Hall Park down to the tip of the island, so crowded today with modern skyscrapers, we'll rediscover the Revolutionary War past of lower Manhattan: the Patriots who set out for the disastrous Battle of Brooklyn; the Loyalists who stood steadfast by their King; the spies who took on desperate missions; the thousands of prisoners of war who languished in appalling conditions; the catastrophic fire, whether arson or not, that almost consumed the whole of New York City. See where princes prayed and generals wept in this, the most important British-occupied city of the American War for Independence.

Where to meet: on the southeast corner of Broadway and Chambers Street, outside of City Hall Park. Take the 4,5 train to "Brooklyn Bridge", or the R to "City Hall".

When to meet: 12:45pm for a 1Pm start. I will be holding a sign that says "Revolution in New York".

Fee: $15 cash, exact change appreciated!

The tour will be approximately 2/2.5 hours long. While Friendly Native tours walk rain or shine 99.9% of the time, on rare occasions they will be postponed in cases of what can be deemed dangerous weather, and an email sent out to that effect to all who have registered for the event.   Check the weather reports on the day of the tour; if there is a chance of rain, please bring your own umbrella!

The nearest restrooms to this location are inside St. Paul's Chapel, all the way in the back towards the graveyard on Church Street. There's also a Starbuck's at the base of the Woolworth Building. Please be sure to "take care of things" before the start of the tour!

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  • Linda

    A few days ago, one of our members, Joy, sent me the following:
    "As we were looking at the Fraunces Tavern yesterday, it later occurred to me that there is a children's book entitled "Phoebe the Spy" written by Judith Griffin. In the book, Phoebe, the daughter of Samuel Fraunces, is a spy who protects George Washington from being poisoned. Not sure which parts are facts and which parts are fiction, but perhaps something for you to research! " Glad you asked about this, Joy! That certainly is a popular children's book, and one that I was questioned about often when I was a docent at Fraunces Tavern. Sorry to say, the plot is an urban legend! Samuel Fraunces did not have a daughter named Phoebe. There was indeed a Thomas Hickey that was hanged, but his crime was treason, not attempted assassination. You can actually find the order for his execution online, and note that it says nothing about an attempt on Washington's life.

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Susan M.

    So great to see everyone! In case anyone is interested -- the book I kept talking about is called Unnatural Rebellion and the author is Ruma Chopra. It has some interesting insights from the loyalist point of view. Happy reading!

    May 27, 2013

    • Susan M.

      Sorry I missed you there Donna!

      May 27, 2013

    • Donna T.

      Glad you mentioned it on the walk. I know I was there b/c of the meet-up too. Did not know Linda was downstairs at the time as I got there late. It all worked out. Listened to the lecture today. You will have to join us for meal sometime. The beat goes on.And I know you would enjoy it. Hope to see you next tour.

      May 27, 2013

  • Frank

    Great tour! I learned a lot about the history in our city during the Revolution and its aftermath.

    May 27, 2013

  • Susan M.

    As always Linda rocks-- she's an awesome storyteller with lots of facts, pics and such to back it up. A day with a Linda tour is a great day indeed!!

    May 27, 2013

  • Linda

    Finally good weather--if breezy--for this rescheduled walk, as we re-traced New York's not-so-well-known Revolutionary past. Tour veterans included Susan M, Donna, and Bryan, and lots of first-timers this time around, as we welcomed Jen, Linda, Susan, Debbie, Joy#1, Joy#2, Monica, Larry, Roy, Nelson, and Frank. Post tour, a couple of us relaxed at Washington's favorite, Fraunces Tavern. Good time!

    May 27, 2013

  • Donna T.

    I enjoyed the walk and the talk. A great day. A lot of new information about the revolution...Never knew so much happened in NYC..It really is about the people who took a chance in the new world.The fight for the cause and so many who died from disease endemic in crowded, unsanitary environment. Loved it and really enjoyed dinner with Linda in Fraunces-where George Washington raised a glass to his continental army before heading home and then back to NYC again as US President.

    May 26, 2013

  • Linda

    Excellent. Met my expectations. Look forward to other similar tours

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very educational regarding the revolution in NY

    May 26, 2013

  • Debbie D.

    Great tour, Linda is very knowledgeable and made presented the information very well .... really fun, actually!

    May 26, 2013

  • Donna T.

    It will be a great day.. Grateful to these heros..

    May 24, 2013

  • Susan M.

    can't wait!

    May 24, 2013

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