Grave markers planned for historic figures

JOHNSTOWN?- The Johnstown Historical Society will host “General Dodge Day” in the city Sept. 21.

Richard Dodge, an early settler of Johnstown, was a veteran of the Revolutionary?War and the War of 1812, as well as a merchant, postmaster and mason, a news release said. His wife, Ann Sarah Irving Dodge, the sister of the famous author Washington Irving and the mother of six children, will be paid tribute as well.

The focus of the event will be the dedication of new grave markers for both Richard and Ann Sarah, the release said, who are buried in the Colonial Cemetery on West Green Street. Several Dodge family members will travel to the city to attend the event.

A dedication ceremony will take place at the grave site at 2 p.m. Sept. 21, with re-enactors in Revolutionary War and War of 1812 dress. There will be a mini-encampment with re-enactors performing marching, musket and cannon drills. A children’s artillery drill will be conducted at 10:45 a.m. and again at 3:15 p.m. There will be other activities for children throughout the day.

Speakers will be at the bandshell in the Main Street park from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church will be open for tours from 10 a.m. until noon. Troops will assemble in the park at the grave of Sir William Johnson at 1:30 p.m., and form a processional to the Colonial Cemetery.

Commemorative envelopes with a picture of Richard Dodge, who was Johnstown’s first postmaster, will be available for purchase. The Johnstown Post Office will stamp the envelopes with a special cancellation, the release said.

The Johnstown Historical Society Museum, located on North William Street, and the Drumm House, which is located next to the Colonial Cemetery, will be open throughout the day for tours.

Johnson Hall, on Hall Avenue, also will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tours.

A dinner at the Union Hall Inn restaurant, hosted by the historical society and the Johnstown chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will begin at 5:30 p.m.

For more information or to make reservations for the dinner, call the historical society at 762-7076 and leave a message.