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Newburgh Free Academy Scholars Travel on a Historic Newburgh Walking Tour
Scholars from Mrs. Ginny McCurdy and Mrs. Jennine Sileno’s 11th grade English as a New Language/ English Language Arts (ENL/ELA) classes traveled on a historic walking tour through parts of the City of Newburgh. The trip was a culminating activity following a two month unit focusing on Newburgh area using City Historian Mary McTamaney's articles as their text. After learning about the city and exploring it by foot, the students are in the process of creating their own walking tours where they will highlight some of the the best features of their hometown.
The scholars arrived in Beacon to take a photo at Long Dock Park with the historic city of Newburgh in the background. Scholars then boarded the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry. While on the ferry, scholars were encouraged to recite Walk Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”
Back in Newburgh, the group walked up Washington Street and broke into two groups. One headed to Washington’s Headquarters and one group headed to the Newburgh Brewing Company, previously the Newburgh Paper Box Company.
At the Newburgh Brewing Company, Mrs. Sileno created an interactive local trivia contest (in keeping with tavern tradition) amongst the six student groups that chose historical names like Downing and Storm King for their team names. They answered trivia questions over Mary McTamaney's articles, completed word matches and crossword puzzles, identified yearbook pictures of current teachers who graduated from NFA. They were also tasked for listing names of local businesses and restaurants local to the area.
At Washington’s Headquarters, scholars toured and learned about the Washington’s Headquarters building, the neighboring museum, as well as learned about the recent restoration of the Tower of Victory.
Scholars then walked to Safe Harbors green space to load a bus for lunch at the Shelter House Café in Downing Park. For lunch, students dined on gourmet macaroni and cheese, salad, grilled cheese, iced tea, and hot chocolate. Before heading back to Newburgh Free Academy, Mr. Underhill and Mr. Henderson, history teachers at NFA led tours about Downing Park, noting the historic design and designers, the purpose of designing a park in the time and location, as well as historic buildings and events that were once housed in the park.
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