This has turned out to be a season for historic re-enactments here in Roslyn. First, there was the highly successful Civil War exhibit by Mort Kunstler at the Nassau County Museum of Art which featured a skirmish between Union and Confederate re-enactors. Reaching back a few more decades in American history, the village, on April 23, will host a re-enactment of George Washington's triumphant tour of Long Island, which took place after the Revolutionary War against Great Britain was won.
President Washington's Long Island visit took place in April, 1790. The father of our country traveled mostly on what is now Highway 25A, thanking all faithful Long Island patriots who served in the eight-year struggle against the mighty British Empire.
As all good Roslynites know, President Washington's tour included a stop at the Onderdonk residence, home to a doughty Roslyn family which served courageously as spies during the war. President Washington stopped to personally thank the family for their loyal service to the war effort and ended up spending the night at the house. Today, the Onderdonk house is, of course, the George Washington Manor restaurant. President Washington's actual visit to the Onderdonk residence took place on April 24, 1790.
On Thursday morning, April 23, a press conference commemorating Washington's historic tour will take place at the restaurant. A replica of the coach President Washington and his entourage traveled in will carry the president up to the restaurant where he will greet all those in attendance.
Local dignitaries and numerous politicians, including legislators, supervisors, congressmen, senators and Gov. George Pataki will be on hand to once again "welcome" George Washington to Roslyn.
In addition, Roslyn will be home to the first Long Island Heritage trail sign denoting the path Washington took on his visit. Each supervisor and each mayor from each community along the trail will be presented with a six foot tree to be planted at a public location. The Boy Scouts of America have volunteered to assist with the planting of the tree.
The event takes place from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. The North Shore Promotional Alliance is coordinating the festivities.