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1776 - Revolutionary War Period
Sybil was a seventeen year old young woman who lived in eastern Putnam County at the time of the Revolutionary War. The British were overwhelming much of New England at that time and had already occupied Danbury, Connecticut. Aaron Burr was in this area at the time and may have played a part in the story. When the British struck out to invade the towns in New York just west of Danbury. Courageous Sybil rode horseback through the New York countryside through the night, a la Paul Revere, to warn the local settlers that the British were coming.
Today a lifesize statue of Sybil Ludington riding her horse is placed directly across the street from the Putnam County Court House in Carmel(pronounced CARmel, not CarMEL as in California),NY, the county seat of Putnam County, right on the shore of beautiful Lake Gleneida. This is about seven miles west of Brewster, New York on US RT.6. Sybil's grave is located seven miles northwest of Carmel in the hamlet of Patterson,NY in the churchyard of Christ Episcopal Church, a historical landmark in itself.
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