The Friends of Belmont Hall invite the public to a free presentation and book signing featuring Kim Burdick and her book “Revolutionary Delaware: Independence in the First State” Sunday, April 23.

The Friends of Belmont Hall invite the public to a free presentation and book signing featuring Kim Burdick and her book “Revolutionary Delaware: Independence in the First State” Sunday, April 23.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. in Historic Belmont Hall, 217 Smyrna-Leipsic Road, Smyrna.

Reservations are required by calling (302) 653-6449 since seating is limited.

In 1776, Delaware declared independence from both England and Pennsylvania. Originally known as the three lower counties of Pennsylvania, the First State was instrumental in the fight to form a new republic. The Marquis de Lafayette, Nathanael Greene and George Washington all made trips to the state. Caesar Rodney’s ride and the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge are legendary, but the state has many unsung heroes of the Revolution. Citizens from every village, town, crossroads and marsh risked their lives to support their beliefs.

Burdick offers the carefully documented story of ordinary people coping with extraordinary circumstances.

She is the founder and chairman of the American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware and serves as advisor emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Refreshments will be served following the presentation and during the book signing.

Friends of Belmont Hall meeting

Following refreshments, members of the Friends of Belmont Hall are encouraged to remain for the organization's annual meeting.

The Friends of Belmont Hall is a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve the house and grounds, promote public access and plan programs and activities to attract community support and involvement.

For more information about the Friends of Belmont Hall, see the website www.belmonthall.org/ or call (302) 264-9048.