Hermitage Museum Ho-Ho-Kus Benefit: The Love Letters of John and Abigail Adams will be presented on Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30 pm as a benefit for the Hermitage Museum.
This performance is being produced and directed by Frank Farrell and features actors Stephen Hamilton as John Adams, the 2nd president of the United States, and Barbara Hand as his devoted and independent wife Abigail. All three Ridgewood residents appeared in last May’s staged reading of Maxwell Anderson’s historical drama Valley Forge, which was also presented as a benefit for The Hermitage.
The letters of John and Abigail Adams serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front. John Adams (1735-1826) and Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818) exchanged over 1,100 letters, beginning during their courtship in 1762 and continuing throughout John’s political career (until 1801). These warm and informative letters include John’s descriptions of the Continental Congress and his impressions of Europe while he served in various diplomatic roles, as well as Abigail’s updates about their family, farm, and news of the Revolution’s impact on the Boston area.
The Love Letters of John and Abigail Adams feature the earliest letters exchanged between John and Abigail which were written during their courtship. They include a series of sixteen letters exchanged between April 12th and May 9th in 1762 while John was in Boston being inoculated against smallpox.
John and Abigail Adams married on October 25, 1764.
To make a reservation, visit www.hermitage.org or call 201-445-8311.