Settled quietly on an upturned log a bleached skull greets those who come for the funeral. The venerable Bronck stone house will again bear witness, as it must have done many times before, to the death rituals of early America. On Saturday October 29th at 4:30pm and 5:30pm visitors have an opportunity to join in the services owed to the recently departed dead. For the past night and day faithful friends had kept a silent watchful vigil to be absolutely sure that no sign of life was present. Now, plainly but properly prepared for burial the body lies in the dim, still house. The shutters are closed and the house prepared. Mirrors and paintings draped in somber black, black candles at the ready. A large batch of funeral biscuits has been made. The mourners begin to arrive and take their places. The Sin Eater hovers uneasily beside the open Dutch door. Soon enough the mournful toll of a single bell will accompany the mourners in solemn procession to the nearby Bronck burying ground.
Please plan to visit the Bronck Museum on Saturday, October 29th to experience the death rituals of early America. Seating for this popular program is limited, so early arrival is suggested as seats will be offered on a first come and first served basis. The Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 81 and 385 near Coxsackie, N.Y. Adult admission is $7. This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Greene County Cultural fund administered by the GCCA. For more information about Bronck Museum visitgchistory.org or call the museum at (518)731-6490.