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.
The Storming of Stony Point was one of the boldest endeavors of the American Revolution. On the night of July 16th, 1779 Brigadier General Anthony Wayne led his 1,150 men of the Corps of Light Infantry in a bayonet-only assault up steep hills against a heavily defended British garrison, capturing it's nearly 500 defenders along with fifteen pieces of artillery in just under a half-hour. This signal victory resounded throughout the United States, and proved to the British just what the Americans were capable of. Although Stony Point was held for only a few days, its taking was enough of a setback to halt any British plans to push up into the vital Hudson Highlands. Join historian and writer Michael J. F. Sheehan, Senior Historian of Stony Point Battlefield as he discusses the details of this exciting episode in the American War for Independence.
To Reserve a Seat, Call 845-446-2134
PLEASE NOTE: Thursday Night Speaker Series seating is by reservation only. Suggested Donation: $5, Members $3. The Series is proudly sponsored by the Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association.
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.