George Washington’s Replica Tent at New-York Historical Society

Those who know me know that I am mad for a bit of Revolutionary War history. It is something I’ve blogged about before, a lot. So when New-York Historical Society (one of my favorite museums) announced their ‘Revolutionary Summer‘ programming, lord, did I know where I had to be. Even better was that they had a replica of George Washington’s Headquarters Tent, which was on loan from the Museum of the American Revolution (another museum I love!!! [and have written about]).

George Washington’s Headquarters Tent was often referred to as “the first Oval Office” and is where Washington and his most trust staff would work and plot strategies that ultimately won the American Revolution. The original tent is on permanent display at MoAR, but it was such a treat to visit the replica in NY Historical’s beautiful little courtyard. The replica was hand-sewn in collaboration with MoAR and Colonial Williamsburg, staffed by MoAR educators in colonial gear who gave thoughtful and informative tours of the tent and life on the battle field. The tent had two chambers, an inner one where Washington would sleep,

Listening very intensely to a staff member from the Museum of the American Revolution tell me everything about this tent!

There was more to be found inside New-York Historical Society relating to the Revolutionary era, which my friends from The Graduate Center and I gleefully found; including: a diorama of the Continental Army encampment at Verplanck’s Point, NY; a Gilbert Stuart portrait of Washington; the gilded horse tail from the statue of King George III; and more.

Plan your own visit to the New-York Historical Society to find out why it is one of my favorite places!

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