Newburgh welcomes the Lewis and Clark Expedition

On Sunday, Oct. 9 after 4:30 p.m., you are encouraged to join the Newburgh Museum as they welcome the reenactment of the 1803 Lewis and Clark expedition along the Ohio River. Thomas Jefferson commissioned the original trip. The voyage originated in Pittsburgh and passed Newburgh on its way to St. Louis. Their ultimate goal was to find a water route to the Pacific and to explore still an unknown west.

This is a full reenactment with replicas of the original two boats Lewis and Clark would have used as they made their way along the inland waterways. The group will set up an encampment as it would have been in the 1803-04 time period and the weapons the soldiers would have carried. During their visit, they will be sharing facts about this magnificent adventure which concluded with the purchase of the land called the Louisiana Purchase from France.

They will arrive around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and dock at the Newburgh Lock and Dam Park in the heart of Downtown Newburgh. The goup will set up camp and be prepared to visit and entertain their visitors. This is a great way for you to share the history of the United States of America with your kids. For many, history is so abstract; but through reenactments like this it is a way for history to come alive.

They will leave the morning of Oct. 10 around 10:30 a.m. for those wanting to see the ships leave. For more information, contact the Newburgh Museum at 812-853-5045.

This is also a reminder that the Newburgh Museum is a great family outing. It is open every Friday and Saturday afternoon.

This Saturday, there is another family friendly event. On Oct. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the RiverTown StoryTellers will present “Slightly Spooky Stories!” These Storytellers are so talented and are really fun to watch and listen to. The event will be located at the shelter house of the Lou Dennis Community Park and will cost $5 per family.

The third weekend of October is the 23rd annual Historic Newburgh Ghost Walks. Tickets are available for Friday, Oct. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. The guided walking tours depart Preservation Hall (200 State Street) and each tour lasts about an hour.

Tour guides take groups of 18to 20 out for the walking tour every 12 minutes. It is not a “haunted house” type of tour where people or things jump out and scare you. We believe that history has its own eerie twists and turns. As you walk along the sidewalk, meet ghosts of Newburgh’s past, who will share their tragic life, as well as stories of life in Newburgh.

Advance tickets are on sale for $8 and at the door for $10. Groups of 15 to 20 people per tour will get a discount of $6 per person. You may purchase tickets by calling Historic Newburgh, Inc. at 812-853-2815 or online at historicnewburgh.org.

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