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Constitution Island
Business Type: American Revolution
West Point Military Academy
West Point, 10996
Orange County
(845)446-8676
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Constitution Island is located across the Hudson River from West Point. It is part of the United States Military Academy, a National Registered Landmark. The Warner House and ruins of the Revolutionary War fortifications are the points of interest.

Hours of Operation
Tours from late June through beginning of October on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 and 2pm.

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Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Business Type: American Revolution
Route 9W
Fort Montgomery, 10922
Orange County
(845)446-2134
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Site of the American Revolutionary Battle to control the Hudson. Archaeological excavations have revealed most of the structures and fortifications of the fort, each with interpretive signs explaining both the structure and the battle. Spectacular view of the Hudson as it twists into the Hudson Highlands from Peekskill Bay, the strategic reason for the location of the fort. Open daily dawn to dusk. Parking is a challenge to find, watch for a small brown sign next to an abandoned garage over the bridge to the north of the site.

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United States Military Academy at West Point
Business Type: American Revolution
West Point, 10996
Orange County
(845)938-2638
FAX: (845)938-7478
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The history and prominence of West Point is legendary and its role in the formation of the United States precedes the American Revolution. West Point's tactical position and geographic importance were pivotal to the Patriot's cause and proved to be the hub around which the American Revolution turned. It was never lost during the Revolution and proved its importance in binding the Northern Colonies of New England to the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Colonies, maintaining open trade routes allowing raw goods and manufactured goods to continue to flow.

West Point Military Academy, located at West Point, is the oldest military academy in America. Visitors are restricted and are asked to go to the Visitor Information Center upon arrival. The Center is open daily from 9:00 to 4:45 and is located a few hundred yards south of the main gate. Guided coach tours of West Point are available for a small fee.

The West Point Museum at Pershing Center is open seven days a week, from 10:30 to 4:15. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. No admission, donations are accepted. The Museum has six new exhibition galleries which include the history of West Point and Corps of Cadets and a Small and Large Weapons Gallery.

The public is also invited to attend the many concerts and performances held on the post, ranging from theatrical presentations in Eisenhower Hall to outdoors concerts of the Cadet Band in the amphitheater located at Trophy Point. Check at the Visitor Center for a schedule of events.

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Warner House on Constitution Island
Business Type: American Revolution
West Point Military Academy
West Point, 10996
Orange County
(845)446-8676
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The lovely old house on Constitution Island was the home of the Warner family from 1836 to 1915. Susan and Anna Warner were well known writers in the 19th century. Susan wrote "The Wide, Wide World" in 1850 which became a best seller of its day. Anna is best known for writing the words to the hymn "Jesus Loves Me". The sisters taught Bible classes to West Point cadets for forty years.

The oldest part of the Warner House includes a thick stone wall existing from Revolutionary War days. The Victorian wing of eight rooms was built by Henry Warner in 1836 when he moved his family from New York City to the island. The house is furnished with original Warner family possessions. The Warner House is a living museum and is kept as nearly as possible as it was when Miss Anna Warner lived there until her death in 1915.

Two tours a day, every Wednesday and Thursday at 1 and 2pm from June thru September. Tour includes boat ride to and from island. Guided tour of Revolutionary War fortifications and seventeen room Warner House. Reservations required. Admission: Constitution Island Association, Box 41, West Point 10996 or call between 10 and 11:30 am.

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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Business Type: American Revolution
84 Liberty Street
Newburgh, 12550
Orange County
(845)562-1195
FAX: (845)561-1789
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General George Washington's longest stay at a Revolutionary War Headquarters occurred in Newburgh (1782-83) at the Hasbrouck family's Dutch style stone farm house. Adjacent museum features orientation video and galleries on the Continental Army's activities in the Hudson Valley. Braille tour available at museum building.

Hours of Operation
Open mid April thru October on Wednesdays thru Saturdays from 10 to 5 and Sundays from 1 to 5, the rest of the year by appointment.

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Bannerman Castle
Business Type: American Revolution
Beacon, 12508
Dutchess County
(845)831-6346
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The Scottish style castle on the Hudson River was built in the early 1900s when purchased by David Bannerman. 2 hour cruise around the island on the "Pride of the Hudson" tour boat. Historic lecture. An "On-Island" guided tour of Bannerman Island on "The Pollepel."

Hours of Operation
Open May thru October

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Bear Mountain Park Trailside Museums & Wildlife Center
Business Type: American Revolution
Route 9W
Bear Mountain, 10911
Orange County
(845)786-2701
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Open daily from 9-4:30. From the Bear Mountain Inn, follow the signs on the paved path along Hessian Lake to the swimming pool for a chance to see...

  • Native Animals - Black bear, coyote, fox, opossum, bobcat, deer, wild turkey, beaver, river otter, bald eagle, hawk, owl, fish, Duck Pond inhabitants, and more.
  • Reptile & Amphibian Museum - frogs, salamanders, turtles, black snakes, milk snakes, rattle snakes, copperheads, eals, etc.
  • Geology Museum - Bones of a mastodon found nearby, fossils, rocks and minerals common to the Park.
  • Wildlife Museum - Birds and mammals of the region plus animals that are now extinct (including the passenger pigeon).
  • History Museum - cannon and weapons used during the American Revolution, displays about Revolutionary War battles fought in the Park, authentic Native American artifacts, and an exhibit devoted to the Boy Scouts of America and their founder Dan Beard (who lived nearby).

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Dawn to dusk.

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Bedford 1787 Courthouse & Museum
Business Type: American Revolution
615 Old Post Road
Bedford, 10506
Westchester County
(914)234-9751
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The oldest extant Westchester government building, the courthouse, built in 1787, served as the main courthouse until 1870. A fine example of Dutch and Federal architecture with gambrel roof, the first floor houses the court room, and on the second floor are smaller offices and two jail rooms. Also on the second floor is the museum displaying early history of Bedford, military mementos from the Revolution, tools, silver and other housewares, fashions and dolls.

Hours of Operation
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11am to 2pm, May through October. or by appointment.

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Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Business Type: American Revolution
Route 17
Hoosick Falls, 12090
Rensselaer County
(518)686-7109
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Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site is the location of a Revolutionary War battle between the British forces of General John Burgoyne and Colonel Friedrich Baum against the American forces under Brigadier General John Stark and Colonel Seth Warner. This battle was fought in August 1777 in a British effort to capture American storehouses at Bennington to restock their depleting provisions. The British forces had underestimated the strength of their enemy and most of their men were killed or taken prisoner while the Americans sustained smaller losses. The British surrendered on October 17, 1777, after two unsuccessful battles in Saratoga. Additional facilities that the park include game fields. The park is open May thru Labor Day daily from 10am-7pm, Labor Day to Columbus Day on weekends only.

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Brick Church
Business Type: American Revolution
220 Brick Church Road
Spring Valley, 10977
Rockland County
(845)354-6131
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Built in 1774--The graves of Revolutionary soldiers and some original settlers are found in its church yard.

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Bush Homestead
Business Type: American Revolution
479 King Street
Port Chester, 10573
Westchester County
(914)939-8918
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Pre-Revolutionary War home, circa 1750, home of Abraham Bush and served as the headquarters of General Israel Putnam, 1777-1778.

Hours of Operation
Open by appointment.

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Clarkstown Reformed Church
Business Type: American Revolution
107 Strawtown Road
West Nyack, 10994
Rockland County
(845)358-4320
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Dutch speaking church built in 1750--graves of Revolutionary soldiers and some original settlers are found in its churchyards.

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Clermont State Historic Site
Business Type: American Revolution
1 Clermont Avenue
Germantown, 12526
Columbia County
(518)537-4240
FAX: (518)537-6240
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Clermont was the Hudson River seat of the politically and socially prominent Livingston family of New York for more than 230 years. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the architecture, room interiors, and landscape at Clermont. Today the 485 acre historic site appears much as it did in the early twentieth century, when the estate was the home of the last two generations to occupy the property: Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Livingston and their daughters, Honoria and Janet.

The visitors center and historic house are open between mid April and Labor Day on Wednesdays thru Saturdays 10-5 and Sundays noon-5. From Labor Day thru the end of October the hours are Tuesday thru Sunday 11am to 5pm, November thru March on weekends from 11am to 4pm. Visitors are invited to take advantage of the large parklike grounds for walking and hiking.

Hours of Operation
Grounds open daily 8:30am till dusk. House open April thru October on Tuesdays thru Sundays, 11am to 5pm and November thru March on weekends only from 11am till 4pm.

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DeWint House
Business Type: American Revolution
20 Livingston Avenue
Tappan, 10983
Rockland County
(845)359-1359
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The newly restored house, built in 1700, served as Washington's headquarters during the espionage trial of British Major John Andre. Also on the site is a carriage house museum containing paintings, Washington memorabilia and artifacts from a recent on-site dig. Call for hours.

Hours of Operation
Closed Thanksgiving, New Year's and Christmas.

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Edmonston House 1755
Business Type: American Revolution
1042 Route 94
Vails Gate, 12584
Orange County
(845)561-5073
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Restored 1755 stone house, blacksmith shop, slave quarters and exhibits. General Arthur St. Clair stayed at house during Revolutionary War. FREE, donations accepted.

James Edmonston, a blacksmith, emigrated with his wife Margaret, from County Tyrone, Ireland, to Plymouth, Mass. in 1720. He found his way to Orange County, New York where he purchased two hundred acres from Widow Ingoldsby in 1727. On his land he built a log cabin; it was the only structure between that part of New Windsor and Washingtonville with the exception of numerous Indian wigwams. The two children of James and Margaret were born in the cabin. William, the only son, built the stone house in 1755 and a number of years later made an addition on to the eastern end. William married Jane Sutherland and they had four daughters and three sons. When William died in 1803 his will revealed that the house was left to his four daughters. This may explain why the house was divided into two separate residences.

At the time of the American Revolution both James and William were too old for military service. William, however, carted wood for the army and, having been a long-time resident of the area, was asked to accompany George Washington and Col. Timothy Pickering in selecting a camp for the soldiers. It is claimed that he opened the large door of the east kitchen and pointed to a trail due north of his property and that area did indeed become "The Last Encampment" of the Continental Army. The Edmonston House was used as a medical headquarters and hospital store and quartered General Gates and General Arthur St. Claire for a time. Dr. Thatcher quoted in his journal a dinner he enjoyed at Edmonston House on December 15, 1782, where "our entertainment was ample and elegant." Within the months that followed the soldiers dug up most of William's potatoes and helped themselves to fifteen of his hogs. All-in-all the Edmonston family provided much to the benefit of the army.

As the years passed the house existed in its divided state and was occupied by numerous decendents. When the house was sold in 1903 the buyer purchased both sections and broke down the wall between them. Great deterioration began to occur over time. Starting in 1928, the building was used as a commercial store for used car parts; dilapidated cars surrounded the property. Electricity, heat and water were installed.

In 1960, COL Frederick Todd, a member of the National Temple Hill Association, purchased the house and some of the land. The Edmonston House was restored after much research and the assistance of architect Raymond F. Ruge. The exterior walls, interior woodwork, stairs and some of the flooring are original.  Old materials were used where replacement was necessary.

The National Temple Hill Association became the owner in 1971. Some of the items in the rooms are memorials contributed by association benefactors. An 18th century chest was purchased in 1976 as part of the Marion Mailler Memorial Collection along with an early 18th century tavern table, a  rush seat chair and a restored Windsor chair. The Queen corner cupboard is a Hudson Valley piece given by the Hilma Robinson estate in 1982. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shaw donated the Robert Burnet Collection (including his original desk)  displayed on the second floor of the house.

Two outbuildings have been reconstructed on the property. One is a blacksmith shop, appropriate to the trade of James Edmonston. The second is a stone building, representing a slave quarters that was moved from an estate further east. The Edmonstons were slave owners.

Members of the National Temple Hill Association serve as guides. The house is open for visitors on Sundays during the summer months. Come visit this lovely stone house which is on the National Register of Historic Houses.

Hours of Operation
Open July thru September on Sundays from 2 to 5.

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