Minute Man Day Events!

April 26th, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

For 104 years Westport’s Minute Man Monument has honored the heroism of local patriots who took up their own arms in “a minute’s notice” to defend their country when British forces invaded Connecticut on April 25, 1777.

On Sunday April 26th, let’s come together on Minute Man Day as a community to celebrate Westport’s iconic, newly restored Minute Man Monument, whose bronze patriot with a muzzleloader in hand and eyes peeled for British troops. The day will provide people of all ages opportunities to explore Westport’s colorful history through engaging activities sponsored by Westport Historical Society, Westport Library and Westport Young Woman’s League.

The day starts in the morning with the 37th Annual Minute Man Race, which begins and ends at Compo Beach. From 10 am to 5 pm at Jesup Green, you can visit a recreated Revolutionary War militia encampment. Next, join the Westport Historical Society at Ned Dimes Marina, Compo Beach, for a guided walking tour to the Minute Man Monument. Afterwards, spend the afternoon at the Westport Library where, beginning at 2:30pm, you can learn how Francis Miller of ConserveArt, LLC restored the Monument, and hear Ed Hynes present an engaging interpretation of the April 1777 battle.

Minute Man Day Event Schedule, details below

8:30 am: Minute Man Race, Compo Beach
For information, race times and registration, visit www.minutemanrace.com

10 am- 5 pm: Sons of the American Revolution Encampment, Jesup Green
For information, http://westportlibrary.org/

Noon -2 pm: Minute Man Walking Tours, Ned Dimes Marina, Compo Beach
Rain or shine; No dogs permitted
Advance reservations encouraged: (203) 222-1424, Westport Historical Society, call 203-222-1424
Tours leave every 15 minutes: Noon; 12:15; 12:30; 12:45; 1:00; 1:15; 1:30; and 1:45
$10 donation for Adults; Youth, 12 and under, $5; Payments may be made at the Historical Society
(Net proceeds will be donated to the ongoing care of the monument)

2:30–3:30 pm: Minute Man Lectures, Westport Library
For information, http://westportlibrary.org/

Details

The Day of The Minute Man Monument
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
For almost 105 years the Minute Man has honored the heroism of local patriots who took up their own arms in “a minute’s notice” to defend their country when the British invaded Connecticut at Compo Beach on April 25, 1777. Celebrate Westport’s iconic, newly restored, 104-year-old Minuteman statue, with a muzzleloader in hand, eyes peeled for British troops returning from the Battle of Danbury on April 18. Co-sponsored by Westport Arts Advisory and Westport Historic District Commission with The Westport Library, Westport Historical Society, Westport Young Women’s League, and CT Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
The Minute Man Race
The WYWL will celebrate its 37th Minute Man Race on Sunday. This is a 5K and 10K Race that begins and ends at Compo Beach. There is also a kid’s fun run held on the baseball field at the beach. It’s fun for the whole family and a great way to welcome spring.

Race Start times
8:30AM – Kids’ Fun Run (on field w/basketball courts near marina)
8:30AM – 5K Run/Walk
8:40AM – 10K Run

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Walking Tour To Minute Man Monument
Families and Adults
$5 suggested donation per person
(Proceeds to cover costs of police; extra funds towards future care of Monument)
Meet at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach for a 25-minute docent-led talk on the history of the Minute Man, with a stop at the Revolutionary War cemetery. Inside Ned Dimes Marina, visitors can wait for tour to begin, watch I Love Lucy’s famous last episode featuring The Minute Man, read information on the monument, and kids can enjoy Minute Man activities.

Tour Details
Docent led tours from 12-2 pm.
Tour group limited to 25; with 3 docents per group
Tours every 15 minutes: Noon; 12:15; 12:30; 12;45; 1:00; 1:15. 1:30; and 1:45

Parking
Parking is located in a designated area within the gates at Compo Beach and the adjacent parking lot. You do not need a beach sticker; parking is free.

Handicap Drop-off: at The Minute Man Monument, with police presence

Bathrooms: Ned Dimes Marina

Tour Route:
Walking tour:

Ned Dimes Marina/Compo Beach Yacht Club along grass and Compo Beach South bike lane corner of Compo Beach South and Owenoke Park Rd to join sidewalk, continue on sidewalk to Minute Man Monument, stopping at Compo Colonial Cemetery. Gather at Minute Man Monument. Return to Ned Dimes Marina by same path.

10:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Encampment
Free
1-5 pm on Jesup Green: Visit a recreated Revolutionary militia encampment and learn about the American Revolution from CT Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Color Guards who will perform musket firing demonstrations.

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Lectures
Free
2:30 pm in the McManus Room: Town Curator introduces program and how The Minute Man became a town symbol; Learn how Francis Miller of ConserveArt, LLC restored The Minute Man, H. Daniel Webster’s life-sized figure commissioned by the State of Connecticut and the Sons of the American Revolution and dedicated on June 17, 1910.

3:00 pm in the McManus Room: Historian Ed Hynes will present an interpretation of the Danbury Raid. Hynes first became interested in the raid as a child when he learned his neighbor’s house was partially burned by the British during the raid. On April 25, 1777, Tryon’s forces landed on what is now Westport’s Compo Beach. As the British marched to Danbury the Patriots mustered their forces under the command of Major Gen. David Wooster and Brigadier Generals Benedict Arnold and Gold Selleck Silliman. What happens next to the British on their four-day raid and to the Patriots in their attempt to deny them safe return to their ships is a white-knuckle story of the men fighting for their lives and their countries.