- Field Trip to Old Tappan -
|The 76 House||The DeWint House||Maj. Andre's hanging|
On Saturday June 24, 2012 some members of First Mountain Chapter, consisting of Eric Bal, Kevin Gunn, Bill Volonte (and his son David), Marty Scharloo, Mike Cantine, Robert Skead, and Robert Skead Jr., assembled for a lunch meeting in the Old 76 House, which was built in 1686 and expanded in 1755 to include a tavern, and in which British spy, Major John Andre, was imprisoned prior to his execution by hanging.
During the lunch meeting in the 76 House, the proprietor came to our table and graciously presented a detailed and interesting narrative of the history of the house. The lunch was excellent.
After lunch some of the group went over to the nearby and well preserved Revolutionary War DeWint House in which, from May 4 trhough May 8, 1783, General Washington negotiated the final withdrawal of British Troops from New York City with British General Sir Guy Carleton.
Lastly, some of the group went to the site of Major Andre's hanging, which is marked by a large memorial stone and fenced off from the surrounding neighborhood.
The field trip was a delightful afternoon of fraterity, dining and education.