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Sybil Ludington in Smithsonian Magazine

There are few legends in our American history that portray young, fearless females. Sybil Ludington provides just that – an incredible story of a teenage girl who bravely rode through the night with a call to arms during the War for Independence. Her story, passed down through generations of the Ludington family, is a Putnam County treasure and serves as an inspiring tale of facing adversity, rising to the challenge, and helping others. Sybil’s ride is a story that reflects the patriotic spirit; she is an original American girl. Sybil is “Girl Power”. Although there aren’t any primary sources in our archive that document her ride, we can confirm she lived here with her family who played an important local role in the Revolution. Our office receives many inquiries from authors and students alike who want to preserve her story. However, some researchers question the accuracy, or even feasibility, of the night ride by a young woman. To us, power is derived from these two opposing forces: a desire to believe in her is only strengthened by uncertainty. That’s powerful. That’s legend. Did the Midnight Ride of Sibyl Ludington Ever Happen? - Smithsonian Magazine  

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Welcome to the Putnam County Historian’s Office and Archives! We are located in Brewster, New York, in the lower Hudson River Valley region.

Our local government office preserves, interprets, and promotes the history of Putnam County. New York’s Town and Village Historians have been serving public history since 1919, in part to document World War I Veterans back into civilian life. 

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40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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