Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr, 1756-1836, was a Revolutionary War hero and he is the Founding Father for the NY/ NJ area.  He is to our region what Sam Adams is to Boston or George Washington to Virginia.   Despite the importance he and cider played in the forming of this region and the nation as a whole, both were denigrated over time as the central government became more involved with everyday life and our tax levy ballooned (ghosts of Alexander Hamilton.)  Right or wrong, the Centralist’s view of history monopolizes school textbooks and if you grew up in the U.S. that’s the version you were taught, the full story was lost to an oversimplified recounting.  Aaron Burr’s lifespan coincides with the height of cider in America and the spirit of American independence. Meanwhile, in rural America both cider and Aaron Burr live on as symbols of independence to farmers and homesteaders. (To learn more about the origins of Federal Government farm policies read about The Whiskey Rebellion.)

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