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Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

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Address
44 Battlefield Rd.
Stony Point, NY 10980
Latitude 41.241062
Longitude -73.976570

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

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 182Stony Point, NY 10980

Hours of Operation

  • 2016 Season: April 15, 2016 to October 31, 2016
  • 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.

  • Museum Open: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except for these Monday holidays - Memorial Day, Labor Day.

    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.

  • Artillery Drills: An artillery demonstration and firing of the site's 6-pounder cannon is presented on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m., weather and staffing permitting.
  • Blacksmiths Forge: Stony Point Battlefield's resident blacksmith is often found in the Soldier's Camp Wednesday through Sunday, but his schedule varies. Visit the forge for a discussion of military smithing and see how new items and repairs are made for the camp.
  • Picnic Tables: Tables are available near the parking lot and in the picnic pavilion for our daily visitors. Large groups (15 or more), required advance reservation and a permit, for which there is a fee. Please call the site office for reservations at least two weeks in advance.
  • Grounds Open: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The site is closed and gate is locked at 5 p.m. daily.

Fees & Rates

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.

  • Battlefield Access
  • 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.

  • School Tours
  • $3 per person
  • Scout, Group & Organization Tours
  • $2 per person

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.

Sat 25 Jun
Evening Battlefield Lantern Tour
Saturday, June 25, 2016 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

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

Registration: Required
Sat 02 Jul
Independence Day Commemoration
Saturday, July 2, 2016 until Monday, July 4, 2016 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(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!

Sat 16 Jul
Storming of Stony Point
Saturday, July 16, 2016 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

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

FREE

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Scenic Views
  • Self Guided Tours
    • Activities
    • Demonstrations
    • Group Tours
    • Historic House * Lighthouse
    • Historic House * Lighthouse
    • Picnic Area
    • Re-enactments