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Stony Point Lighthouse
is the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River, being
erected in 1826. The lighthouse marks the river's
entrance to the treacherous Hudson Highlands, that
section of the Hudson that cuts directly through the
Appalachian Mountain chain. Because of this passage
through the mountains, the river twists and turns
through a canyon, with Stony Point demarking the "South
The lighthouse stands
atop a rocky promontory known as Stony Point. This
peninsula juts out into the Hudson creating a hazard
of its rocky shores. During the American Revolution,
this peninsula was the site of an important battle
between the British and Colonial forces, resulting
in an early victory for the Colonists.
The lighthouse and historic
battlefield are open to the public. Tours of the lighthouse
are available on a regular basis on weekends during
the warm months.