General Meeting - Monday, October 1st, 2018 - 7:30 P.M. - Harrington Park Library
“THE BAYLOR MASSACRE IN RIVER VALE” - EDMUND A. MODERACKI
The Harrington Park Historical Society is pleased to announce Mr. Edmund Moderacki, as their guest lecturer on Monday, October 1st, who will discuss “The Baylor Massacre in River Vale.” The meeting is at the Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street in Harrington Park beginning at 7:30 P.M.
River Vale was the scene of the Baylor Massacre, New Jersey's bloodiest skirmish of the Revolutionary War. The Baylor Massacre occurred during the early morning hours of September 28, 1778 in modern River Vale in Bergen County. The Third Continental Light Dragoons, commanded by Lt. Colonel George Baylor, were surprised in a night-time attack by British forces under the command of General Charles Grey. As Grey had done during a similar night attack on troops under American General Anthony Wayne at Paoli, Pennsylvania, British soldiers who were unable to unload their muskets removed the flints to avoid an accidental discharge and relied on bayonets to overwhelm the American troopers. Most of the unit was killed, wounded, captured or dispersed, effectively destroying an entire regiment of Dragoons.
The events leading up to the action and the ensuing results will be discussed. Mr. Moderacki will also relate the archeological dig in 1967 that located the remains of some of the American dead who were hurriedly buried by the Bergen County militia the next morning.
All lectures are free and open to the public, and the Society welcomes everyone to attend. After a Q & A, a light reception will follow. For more information about the Society’s activities, please contact Gerri Gibney at 201 768-2615. Or visit the Society on Facebook or on their website; www.harringtonparkhistoricalsociety.com.
November 5, 2018 – General Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Alexander Magoun, Outreach Historian, Stevens Institutute of Technology
Topic: “RCA Labs and 6 Inventions that Changed the World”
December 3, 2018 – Holiday Outing
7:00 P.M. - Docent Led Tour of Zabriskie House, Wyckoff, N. J, Followed by Reception
Fee – Registration Required