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Thursday, December 5 Entertainment

Norwalk lecture explores Nathan Hale spy mission ship ‘The Sally’

Discover Norwalk’s maritime involvement during the War of Independence on Sunday, Sept. 15, during the slide lecture “The Sally: The Adventures of a Norwalk Sloop During the American Revolution” at Norwalk’s Townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park.

The lecture, presented by local historian and longtime Norwalk Historical Society board member Madeleine Eckert, will explore the true story of “The Sally,” a Norwalk merchant sloop that was converted into a Continental Sloop of War. Hear about the exploits of the “The Sally’s” four successive captains, some of her crew and notable passengers as they dealt in espionage, raids against the enemy and privateering along the treacherous “Devil’s Belt” of Long Island Sound. After the lecture, Eckert will lead a short walk to Irving Freese Park, the site of embarkation for Nathan Hale’s spy mission — one of “The Sally’s” famous passengers and voyages.

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Eckert is a local researcher and historian who has served on the Norwalk Historical Society Board of Directors for a number of years. She and her husband Ed have given numerous slide lecture presentations in Norwalk and throughout the state. They have also led historic walking tours and cemetery tours around the Historic Norwalk Green, the Mill Hill Graveyard, St. Paul’s Graveyard, and Riverside Cemetery. The Eckerts have done extensive research on the Battle and Burning of Norwalk, Nathan Hale, black history, and Colonial history in Norwalk. For their in-depth research on Nathan Hale and his spy mission, Ed received the Meritorious Service Medal and Madeleine received the Martha Washington Medal from the CT Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

This lecture is part of the Norwalk Historical Society’s “Remembering the American Revolution Lecture Series.” Handicapped and limited mobility parking is on site only. For general parking, follow signs to parking across the street.

Townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St., Norwalk. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m. $8 at door or RSVP at 203-846-0525.

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