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.
Join us for a day-long presentation of 18th century blacksmithing. Watch master blacksmiths hand forge nails, hooks, and more. Learn how blacksmithing played a critical role in the American Revolutionary War effort right here at Fort Montgomery!
British and Hessian troops occupied Raritan Landing in Piscataway, New Jersey from January until June of 1777. The troops left behind a changed community; a shell of its former self. Over two decades of archaeological investigations have revealed rich deposits associated with the British occupation of the site. This well-illustrated presentation by archaeologist Richard Veit of Monmouth University examines those finds and what they can tell us about the organization and activities of the Crown forces during a critical period in the American Revolution.
PLEASE NOTE: Thursday Night Speaker Series seating is by reservation only. Suggested Donations: $5, Members $3
The Thursday Night Lecture Series is sponsored by the Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association
To Reserve a Seat, Call 845-446-2134