Visit the site of the Battle of Stony Point, one of the last Revolutionary War battles in the northeastern colonies. This is where Brigadier General Anthony Wayne led his corps of Continental Light Infantry in a daring midnight attack on the British, seizing the site's fortifications and taking the soldiers and camp followers at the British garrison as prisoners on July 16, 1779.
By May 1779 the war had been raging for four years and both sides were eager for a conclusion. Sir Henry Clinton, Commander-In-Chief of the British forces in America, attempted to coerce General George Washington into one decisive battle to control the Hudson River. As part of his strategy, Clinton fortified Stony Point. Washington devised a plan for Wayne to lead an attack on the garrison. Armed with bayonets only, the infantry captured the fort in short order, ending British control of the river.
The Stony Point Lighthouse, built in 1826, is the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. De-commissioned in 1925, it now stands as a historical reminder of the importance of lighthouses to commerce on the Hudson River. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 unleashed a surge of commercial navigation along the Hudson River, by linking New York city to America's heartland. Within a year, the first of the Hudson's fourteen lights shone at Stony Point and others soon followed, designed to safely guide maritime travel along the river. Many light keepers, including several remarkable women such as Nancy and Melinda Rose at Stony Point, made their homes in the lighthouse complexes, and ensured that these important navigational signals never failed to shine.
The site features a museum, which offers exhibits on the battle and the Stony Point Lighthouse, as well as interpretive programs, such as reenactments highlighting 18th century military life, cannon and musket firings, cooking demonstrations, and children's activities and blacksmith demonstrations.
No Pets Allowed
Winter hours: From November 1, 2015 to April 15, 2016, the grounds are open weekdays only from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weather and staffing permitting.
The Museum is closed. The site reopens April 15, 2016.
Group (school, scout and organizations,) tours are available. Information can be found here.
April 15 – October 31, 2016: The 18th century living history military camp is open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m., staffing and weather permitting.
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.
Access to the Battlefield is free to visitors during regular hours. Some program fees for tours and evening events are charged, please call the site for information.
Battlefield Tours, Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm: A member of the staff will conduct a one hour walking tour of the Battlefield. Tour departs from museum patio, weather and staffing permitting. Free tour, but donations are appreciated.
Group Tours: For organized group (school, scout and organizations,) tours are offered Wednesday to Sunday by advance reservation only and are limited to availability of staff and weather. Please call the site office three months in advance for school visits and three weeks in advance for scout and organizations to book a tour of the Battlefield. Fees apply.
The Battle of Stony Point was a great victory for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Learn about the daring assault on the British garrison as you walk through the actual battleground at dusk with a uniformed guide. The sounds of musket and cannon fire punctuate the atmosphere as night falls, bringing the story of the American victory alive.
Fee $5.00 adults, $4.00 children (10 and over only) and seniors.
By advance reservation only, call 845-786-2521
Celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States!
Guided Walking Tour of Battlefield - 1:00 PM
Illustrated Lecture- Development of the Declaration - 2:00 PM
Reading of the Declaration of Independence - 2:45 PM
Firing of Cannon - 3:00 PM
All Programs are FREE!
Visit the 18th century military encampment and commemorate the daring midnight assault on the British fortifications at Stony Point in July 1779. Watch musket, artillery, and marching demonstrations. Talk to ladies, soldiers and craftsmen in 18th century attire performing camp chores such as blacksmithing and cooking, learn how wool is dyed and spun, participate in colonial games and wooden musket drills for children