Fort Montgomery was the scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River. Visitors today can tour the remains of the 14-acre fortification, perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Hudson. On October 6, 1777, British, Loyalist and Hessian forces attacked Fort Montgomery and nearby Fort Clinton. The defending American Patriots, outnumbered 3 to 1, fought desperately until driven out of their forts at the points of the enemy bayonets. More than half of the Patriot forces were killed, wounded or captured.
Visitors can learn about this important military post at the site's museum, which showcases original artifacts and weapons, large scale models of the fort and the attack, highly detailed mannequins frozen in poses of battle, and an action packed fifteen minute movie of the 1777 assault. Archeologists have revealed many of Fort Montgomery's remains, including stone foundations of barracks, the gunpowder magazine and eroded redoubt walls. There is a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the Grand Battery, where reproduction cannon stand guard and are occasionally fired by the fort's staff. The past comes alive at Fort Montgomery with living history demonstrations of artillery, musketry, music and camp life activities.
During the off-season, Fort Montgomery will still be open by reservation for group tours. For more information, please call 845-446-2134.
Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.
Saturdays & Sundays in July & August:
To be Announced
Please also join us for our popular Thursday Night Lecture Series. Visit www.palisadesparksconservancy.org or call the site for more information.
In 1776 John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail "The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."
Join us as we celebrate in true John Adams fashion the actual date that American Independence was declared, by firing the fort's 6 pounder cannon "Ana" at NOON! Camp activities and military drills will take place throughout the day.
Animal horn was an important material in colonial America. It could be heated, cut and shaped to make combs, cups and spoons. A horn was also sometimes decorated and used to hold gunpowder. Watch a demonstration of the tools, materials and methods used to create useful items from horn.
Learn what life was like for the Lenape, the area's native inhabitants. See real artifacts found in the area and watch New York Native American expert Barry Keegan demonstrate traditional fire making, flint knapping, and other Lenape skills.
The 5th New York Regiment garrisons the fort for a day of drilling, camp life activities, musket firing and cannon firings. Please note: there will be no battle reenactment this year.