Celebrate the 4th of July with a patriotic tour in the Hamlet of Carmel. Our historic courthouse looks majestic in red, white and blue bunting and the Row of Honor flags are proudly displayed, but there is so much more that can be explored. This approximately 90 minute walking/driving tour is fun for anyone who enjoys history and a little bit of intrigue.
#1 Stop for a moment at the Enoch Crosby marker in front of the historic courthouse.
#2 Drive 1.5 miles to the Gilead Burial Ground (28 Mechanic St. Carmel) to see Crosby’s headstone. The Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the resting place of 24 Revolutionary War Veterans. Carefully open the wrought iron gate and step back in time. Learn more about Enoch Crosby and his alias Harvey Birch. The Spy: a Tale of the Neutral Ground written by James Fenimore Cooper is based on the heroic actions of Enoch Crosby.
#3 Drive back into town stopping in front of the statue of Revolutionary War Heroine Sybil Ludington. Learn more about her life and courageous ride to muster the Continental Soldiers to the Battle of Danbury.
#4 Continue along 52 and pass the traffic light in the middle of town. Park on either side of the road near the Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Take some time to explore the Old Baptist Burial Ground on the left and the Mt. Carmel Baptist Cemetery on the right. You will spot grave markers from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, and the GAR (Union Army, Civil War). Please tread carefully on this hallowed ground and be quiet and respectful of your surroundings.
If history has made you hungry, enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants in town. There is something for everyone with choices that include Thai, Italian, Indian/Caribbean, American, and even High Tea. Save room for ice cream at Scoops N More!