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VOL. 21 NO. 46 September 15 - September 21.1988
Farmers and shopkeepers will don
their uniforms and oil their muskets
lor the re-creation of an 1840s "Militia
Muster" at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
on Saturday, September 24
and Sunday, September 25 from I i
AM to 3:30 PM each day.
Company drills will be held on Saturday
by the common militia to the
music of fife and drum, announced
County Executive Thomas S.
Gulotta. Sunday's activities will
include casting musket balls, drills
and flintlock muskets, a target shoot
and company elections. Sunday culminates
with a "regimental review" at
3 p.m., complete with the village brass
band and the museum's volunteer militia
unit, the Hempstead Light
In the mid-nineteenth century, the
muster was more holiday than military
drill, with men throughout town
excused from work to gather for a day
of socializing and good-natured fun.
Visitors to Old Bethpage's muster
should keep this in mind if the troops
are perhaps, not as military as they
might expect. After all, they drilled
only once a year.
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
is operated by the Museum Services
Division of the Nassau County
Department of Recreation and Parks
and is located on Round Swamp
Road in Old Bethpage, one mile south
of Long Island Expressway. Exit 48.
It is open every day except Mondays
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to
the historical village ends one hour
prior to closing. The Village cafeteria,
gift shop and picnic area are open
daily. Admission is $44.00 (S3.00 for
Nassau residents) and $2.00 for children,
ages 5-17 and Senior Citizens
(ages 60 and over). Parking is free.
For further information, call
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