Introducing the History of Outdoor Life at Somers Library

Who remembers John Paulding, Isaac Van Wart or David Williams?

Yet for a century they were known as the Westchester militiamen who captured Major John Andre at Tarrytown on September 23, 1780 and foiled Benedict Arnold’s plan to deliver West Point and George Washington to the

British Army.

André’s captors (Paulding, Van Wart and Williams) were praised by George Washington and Alexander Hamilton for capturing André and refusing his offers of a bribe, and thus foiling Benedict Arnold’s plan to hand over West Point to the British and capture George Washington. .

They received the first military decoration in the history of our country.

As Washington told Congress, “Their conduct deserves our highest esteem. They, in all probability, avoided us suffering one of the most serious blows that could have been mediated against us.

This outdoor program will be a living history event with Dr. Vic DiSanto, PhD and Bonnie Dailey portraying David Williams and Nancy Benedict Williams respectively.

Program Title: A Forgotten Hero: David Williams and the Capture of Major John Andre.

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.