A 261st birthday tribute to Thomaston’s Revolutionary War hero, General Henry Knox, will be held on Saturday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Knox gravesite in the Village Cemetery (Avenue 1) on Erin Street in Thomaston. This ceremony is held each July on the Saturday closest to Knox’s actual birthday of July 25, and it will be co-hosted by the Thomaston Historical Society and The General Henry Knox Museum. It is free and all are welcome to attend.

Special guests will include representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion Post No. 1, Women Descendants of Ancient and Honorable Artillery, Society of the Cincinnati MA Chapter, Orient Lodge of Masons, Major Henry Knox Masonic Lodge from Boston, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Boy Scouts of America, Lady Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Founders and Patriots, and Society of the Cincinnati NY Chapter.

During the Revolutionary War, General Knox was the Chief Artillery Officer of the Continental Army, and he is best known for leading a 300-mile winter expedition to retrieve cannons captured at Fort Ticonderoga that were a key factor in ending British occupation of Boston in 1776. The cannons were positioned on Dorcester Heights, threatening British ships positioned in Boston Harbor and prompting their withdrawal to Halifax, Nova Scotia. After the war, Knox joined George Washington’s cabinet as the new nation’s first Secretary of War in 1785.

Knox was both a mason and a member of the Society of the Cincinnati. Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest fraternity. The Society of the Cincinnati was established in 1783 by and for officers in Continental Service and was extended to the officers of the Continental Army and Navy who served until the end of the Revolutionary War.

The brief graveside ceremony will be immediately followed by refreshments available at The General Henry Knox Museum/Montpelier on High Street in Thomaston.