Bicentennial Bash Begins!

Come One, Come All!

“Red Hook Needs You!” went out the clarion call well over a year ago. And from every point in the township, from Annandale and Barrytown in the west, Tivoli in the north, Upper Red Hook in the east, down to Red Hook in the south, the volunteers came.  Not to fight “Redcoats,” but mustered to honor the 1812 founding of the Town of Red Hook. Countless hours of goodwill and hard work later, the Bicentennial Celebration has begun!

Events Calendar Available

For your convenience, the list of events is posted under “Events” on this Web site and includes reservation forms for those requiring advance registration. A Calendar of Events has been mailed to all Red Hook residents detailing all of the wonderful festivities and community-wide programs you won’t want to miss from May through next October. A version of the printed calendar is also available under “Events.” From the official Bicentennial opening on Apple Blossom Day, May 12, to the October 13 burying of the Red Hook Bicentennial Time Capsule on the grounds of the historic Elmendorph Inn, there will be something of interest for everyone.

Bicentennial Commemorative Magazine is Out!

Make sure to pick up your free copy of the Bicentennial Commemorative Keepsake Magazine, published by Mercantile’s Jim and Heather Gibbons and made possible through the generosity of advertisers. Includes fascinating vignettes of bygone industries and profiles some of the srtists giving shape, form and color to our Bicentennial festivities. Available around town and at all Bicentennial events.

250 Years of Architecture The first major events take place the weekend of May 19-20.

Edgewater. Courtesy Richard Hampton Jenrette, Photo by John Hall

On May 19, we present the Heritage House and Barn Tour,  a self-driven tour of ten rarely open sites spanning more than 250 years of Red Hook’s architectural heritage. Among them is the Heermance farm, with its practically intact, early 1700s stone house. A church in Tivoli, barn in Red Hook, and a former Annandale grist mill imaginatively adapted for modern living will be on view, as will a Dutch barn in Upper Red Hook and a meticulously renovated Greek Revival house in the heart of Red Hook’s most productive agricultural acreage.

Edgewater, Barrytown’s magnificent Classical Revival mansion on the Hudson River, is certain to be a highlight, as will the closing reception at Red Hook’s Maizeland, circa 1799, home of Revolutionary War General David Van Ness, one of the village’s earliest developers.

For flyer, click below…

House & Barn Tour Flyer

Reservation Form – May 19 House & Barn Tour

Montgomery Place, Courtesy Historic Hudson Valley

In addition, both May 19 and 20, Montgomery Place Historic Site, Red Hook’s own National Historic Landmark, is opening its grounds and mansion free to the public in honor of the Bicentennial and New York State Heritage Weekend. A rare 1797 map of Red Hook and Rhinebeck will be presented for the first time. The grounds will be open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m and mansion tours will take place 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Call for Artists!

There are several exciting opportunities for artists to be involved in Red Hook’s Bicentennial. Among them, SUNDAY, JUNE 10: Artist Paint-Out at the Blithewood Gardens on the Bard College campus and SATURDAY, JULY 14: Artist Paint-Out during Community Day at Montgomery Place in Red Hook. The completed artwork will be on display at Red Hook Community Arts Network (RHCAN)’s gallery and Montgomery Place.  For details contact: Joanna Hess, Paint-out Coordinator at