Category Archives: History

A bit of Peekskill’s Revolutionary War History

Another installment of our semi-non-regular history lessons for Peekskill.

Found this nice write up on the battle of Fort Hill and the preservation efforts for the historic site on the Peekskill NY in Pictures Facebook page.

Peekskill’s Fort Hill Revolutionary War Battle Site.

‘Cause Peekskill Rocks!

Peekskill Summer Activities

Peekskill is a friendly town, and there’s lots to do if you’re looking for summer activities. Here are a few we think are worth a mention:

  • Hike or bike the Blue Mountain Reservation
    This 1,538-acre park right in Peekskill proper features miles of trails for mountain biking, strolling and nature study, and offers challenging hikes to the tops of two large peaks, Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain.
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  • Take in a summer show or just chill by the water at Riverfront Green Park.  A great place to river watch, check out some cool sculptures, enjoy a picnic or bring the kids to the playground. There are nearby restaurants, bars, delis and an ice cream shop, so you don’t have to trek back to town.
  • Enjoy Peekskill and the Hudson Valley by getting out on the water for a relaxing cruise.
    trinity_1Trinity Cruise Company offers cruises from Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park through the Hudson Highlands.  Check their calendar for their regular schedule and special events such as the monthly Wine Tasting Cruise with Dylan’s Wine Cellar and the Brews & Blues Cruise with Peekskill Brewery growlers.
  • Stop by to watch an evening basketball game or enjoy the spray pool on a hot summer day. Main St. Peekskill.
  • Take a tour of Peekskill points of interest on “Stella” the Peekskill Trolly.
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What’s Up Peekskill? Music, Art and Lincolns — lots of ’em

Peekskill Open Studios this weekend.

Noon to 5, Saturday & Sunday, rain or shine.
FREE to the public

Thursday, June 4

• Swing Night
18 piece band and prixe fixe menu
@ The Hudson Room – 8:00 pm

• Open Mic
With host, Jess Erick
@ 12 Grapes – 8:30 pm

• David Kraai
@ Bridsall House – 9:30pm

Friday, June 5

• Fleshlights (members of Least Best Beast), Joy on Fire, Hadley and The Vision
@ Division Street Guitars – 8:00 pm

• Height Regulations of Space Travel
@ Gleasons – 9:00 pm

• Open Studios Kickoff Party
@ Paramount – 6:00 – 9:00 pm

• Curtis Winchester Band
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

• The Next Generation of Jazz
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Salsa Night with Cuboricua
@ The BeanRunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 6

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LinCon Bar Crawl
Dress like Abraham Lincoln
4 – 8:30 pm – Beale Street Barbershop, Gleason’s, Ruben’s Cafe, The Quiet Man, 12 Grapes, Birdsall House

• Hudson Valley Etsy Pop Up Artists
@ EMBARK – 12-5:00 pm

• Alan Parsons Live Project
@ The Paramount – 8:00 pm

• Southern Rock with HeadFirst Band
@ 12 Grapes – 9:30 pm

• Dynomite Di and Destruction
@ The Hudson Room – 10:00 pm

• Ray Blue Quartet
@ The BeanRunner Cafe – 8:00 pm

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• Peekskill Open Studios Saturday and Sunday
@ All over! – 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 7

• Susan Kane, and Judy Kass
@ The BeanRunner Cafe – 6:00 pm

• Wizard of Oz
@ The Paramount – 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

• Peekskill Open Studios Saturday and Sunday
@ All over! – 12:00 – 5:00 pm

The Daughters of Liberty’s Legacy @ The Peekskill Museum

Sunday, March 15th, 2-4 PM
The Peekskill Museum – 124 Union Avenue
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In recognition of Women’s History Month, The Peekskill Museum will present a program discussing the challenges, sacrifices, bravery and accomplishments of local women during the Revolutionary War.

  • Period Attire!
  • Women who stood up to King George’s Army!
  • Special Guest: Mrs. Ann Fisher Miller, born in 1738, will give her account of what life was like

Admission is FREE to museum members. A $5 donation is requested from the general public.

More info

Celebrate African American Pioneers of Peekskill and Cortlandt @ The Field Gallery Feb. 21 through April 19

Artist Betsy Braun Lane presents Racing on a Broken Road:  The Ongoing Story of the African American Pioneers of Peekskill and CortlandtDavid and Henry, 2004, Betsy Braun Lane February 21- April 19, 2015
Reception: Saturday, February 21, 1- 4 pm
Snow  Date: Sunday, February 22 1-4 pm

The Field Gallery of Peekskill is presenting Racing on a Broken Road, Betsy Braun Lane’s monumental exhibit of photography, archival documents, and oral tradition detailing the Peekskill and Cortlandt area’s African/ European/ Native American pioneers and patriots.

Lost Voices Not Forgotten 2004, Betsy Braun LaneIn  Racing on a Broken Road, Braun Lane skillfully combines her work as an artist, photographer, historian and researcher. Weaving hours of interviews with the area’s long-established Moshier and Peterson families with found archival documents and rare photographs,  the collected works form a powerful exhibit detailing 230 years of the African American experience in the Hudson Valley.

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road…

… to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz at Peekskill’s Paramount Theatre.

Starts tonight, January 16 and runs through Sunday. Two shows on Saturday. Click here to buy tickets, and get more info.

And for those of you who don’t know, Peekskill does, in fact, have a yellow brick road! For realz!  Controversy surrounds whether it had anything to do with the Wizard of Oz, but the author, Frank Baum, did attend Peekskill Military Academy before writing the Oz stories.