Wednesday, August 20, 2014 • 6–9 pm

Join us for this special after-hours event. The Templeton Players, our dramatic interpretation troupe, re-enact historic events surrounding the Anti-Rent Wars.

See the drama unfold just as it did in the 1840s. Witness a landmark series of New York State events that still echo today. Live musical entertainment by Katie Boardman features Anti-Rent War songs!

The Templeton Players, the dramatic interpretation troupe, bring to life a landmark series of New York State events that still echo today. From 1839 to 1845, a conflict raged in central New York State between farmers and their landlords over the terms of their leases. The farmers organized in local factions, some of which organized boycotts or lobbied the legislature, while others violently opposed the enforcement of the contracts. The latter, armed and disguised with colorful smocks and sheepskin hoods, were the fierce "Calico Indians." They disrupted rent collections, threatened the landlords' agents, and drove off bidders at distress sales.

The Anti-Rent Wars' effects reached much further than central New York: giving rights to the people over an established gentry, it was an extension of the American Revolution that helped shape our modern democracy.

Admission: $12.00 adults, $10.50 visitors age 65 and over, $6.00 children age 7–12. Free for children 6 and younger. Free for members of the New York State Historical Association. Join NYSHA today!

Price includes refreshments in Bump Tavern!