Wayne, NJ - The Dey Mansion is hosting an encampment in commemoration of General George Washington's visit to the Preakness Valley on Saturday, July 21st and Sunday, July 22nd from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
During July of 1780, General George Washington and his troops were encamped at the Dey Mansion, home of Colonel Theunis Dey, as well as the surrounding area to await word on the arrival of the French Army. The Dey Mansion offered abundant food and a safe haven for the Continental Army.
Come and learn what life was like as a soldier during the American Revolution. Watch soldiers cleaning their muskets while women prepare meals. Some officers may be drilling with their men while others plan for battle or play cards. Special appearances will be made by New Jersey’s local militia. The day will be filled with 18th century games, music, demonstrations and crafters.
Self-guided tours of the Mansion will be offered, admission into the Mansion will be $5.00 per person, children, 6 years of age and under are free. Parking and outdoor activities are free to the public.
The Dey Mansion is an excellent example of Georgian architecture of the mid eighteenth century, which served as Washington’s Headquarters in July, October and November of 1780. Today, the Dey Mansion is owned by Passaic County and operated by the Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs. The Dey Mansion is open to the public for tours and programs. For more information on the Dey Mansion please contact us at 973-706-6640 or visit our website at www.DeyMansion.org.