Minute Man Celebration Set for Sunday, April 26
Come together to celebrate a day of family fun!
Robert Penn Lambdin (1886-1981), The British Landing at Cedar Point, April 25, 1777, oil on canvas, 1955, Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection
For 105 years Westport’s Minute Man Monument has honored the heroism of local patriots who took up their arms in “a minute’s notice” to defend their country when British forces invaded Connecticut on April 25, 1777. The newly restored monument represents a Revolutionary War minuteman, muzzleloader in hand and eyes peeled for British troops returning from the Battle of Danbury.
On Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrate Westport’s iconic Minute Man with events around Westport run by The Westport Library, Westport Historical Society and the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The day is sponsored by Westport Arts Advisory Committee and Historic District Commission.
The following events are open to the public:
Noon- 2 p.m. Meet the Westport Historical Society at Ned Dimes Marina (Compo Beach) for a docent-led walking tour and talk on the history of the Minute Man and the Battle at Compo, with a stop at the Revolutionary War cemetery. Tours depart every 15 minutes form 12-1:45 pm. $10 donation for Adults; Youth, 12 and under free. Proceeds will be donated to the future care of the monument. For information visit www.westporthistory.org or call 203 222-1424
11 a.m.-5 p.m: Visit a recreated Revolutionary militia encampment on Jesup Green next to the Westport Library and learn about the American Revolution from CT Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guards who will perform musket demonstrations. Free. For information visit www.westportlibrary.org
2:30 p.m.: At the Library’s McManus Room, hear Francis Miller of ConserveArt, LLC talk about how he restored the Minute Man Monument, with Town Curator Kathie Bennewitz. Followed by local history storyteller Ed Hynes with an engaging interpretation of the landing at Compo and the Danbury Raid. On April 25, 1777, Tryon’s forces landed on what is now Westport’s Compo Beach. As the British marched to Danbury the Patriots mustered their forces under the command of Major Gen. David Wooster and Brigadier Generals Benedict Arnold and Gold Selleck Silliman. What happens next to the British on their four-day raid and to the Patriots in their attempt to deny them safe return to their ships is a white-knuckle story you won’t want to miss. Free. For information, visit www.westportlibrary.org or call 203.291.4800.