Robert Young, President of the Danbury Historical Society, will offer a presentation on the burning of Danbury during the American Revolution. The program, sponsored by the , will take place Monday evening at 7:30 p.m., February 6 at the Brookfield Museum.
On April 25, 1777 British General William Tryon led more than 2,000 troops up from what is now Westport to destroy the military depot in Danbury, which housed critical supplies for the Continental army. During the raid they burned more than 20 residences and buildings, including the new Danbury Church.
Young will explore the events that led up to the raid as well as its impact on the residents of our region. Also during the program a display with artifacts from this period in our history will be on exhibit.
Originally from the Boston area, Young has long been a student of American History, with special interest in the War for Independence. As a re-enactor, he has participated in numerous programs, including Putnam Park and Old Sturbridge Village.
Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend.