Recalling the first presidential visit

Warwick Historical Society celebrates George Washington Day at Lewis Park


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  • On Saturday, July 26, the Historical Society of the Town of Warwick hosted the 97th annual George Washington Day Picnic, commemorating our first PresidentþÄôs visit to Warwick.




  • Mary Ann Knight, a former school principal and Historical Society education volunteer told children stories about WarwickþÄôs colonial past. Knight will also run the SocietyþÄôs upcoming Education Camp, Aug. 4 þÄì 8.




  • During the event, Village Historian Jean May (left) and the SocietyþÄôs Executive Director Sharon Knol conducted a drawing for the prize winners of those who took a local history quiz and submitted their names and answers after a recent walking tour conducted by the Historical Society. The first place $250 prizewinner was Sarah Beyrich.



WARWICK — The Historical Society of the Town of Warwick hosted the 97th annual George Washington Day Picnic on On Saturday, July 26, commemorating our first President's visit to Warwick.

Cloudy skies provided mild temperatures as about 100 visitors came to Lewis Park, the site of the Old School Baptist Meeting House, for a picnic lunch, colonial games, crafts and storytelling.

Everyone was invited to the family-friendly community-wide event. And most people brought their own picnic chairs or blankets.

Craft activities, including making a colonial tri-corn hat much like the one George Washington wore, feathered headbands and percussion instruments were available for families.

In addition to hot dogs, corn on the cob, and ice pops there were sack races and hoop and stick games. And at the end of the day, there was a pie eating contest courtesy of Noble Pies.

Mary Ann Knight, a former school principal and Historical Society education volunteer, told children stories about Warwick's colonial past.

Knight will also run the Society's upcoming Education Camp, August 4-8.

The historic Baird's Tavern, where General Washington visited and his wife, Martha, slept was also open to the public that same day for tours conducted by volunteers.

During the event, Village Historian Jean May and the Society's Executive Director Sharon Knol conducted a drawing for the prize winners of those who took a local history quiz and submitted their names and answers after a recent walking tour conducted by the Historical Society.

The first place $250 prizewinner was Sarah Beyrich.

In 1917 the Historical Society of the Town of Warwick held its first George Washington Day Picnic to commemorate and celebrate General Washington's 1782 visit to the town of Warwick.

Washington recorded this visit in his journal, a copy of which is prominently displayed in Baird's Tavern, noting he purchased grog.

- Roger Gavan

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