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Constitution Island
Business Type: Military History
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.

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

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United States Military Academy at West Point
Business Type: Military History
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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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Business Type: Military History
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.

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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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West Point Museum
Business Type: Military History
Olmsted Hall
West Point, 10996
Orange County
(845)938-3590
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Military uniforms, flags, weapons and military art of both American and European derivation. Museum galleries include History of the Academy and the Corps of Cadets, US Army History, and History of Warfare from Egyptian times to Desert Storm. Extensive fine art collection including Hudson River School of artists. Special Bicentennial Exhibition through December 2002 on West Point's history including important artifacts from the museum collections. Daily 10:30-4:15.

Hours of Operation
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.

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Ariaantje Coeymans House
Business Type: Military History
Stone House Road
Coeymans, 12045
Albany County
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Imposing Dutch Colonial stone residence built c. 1716, with earlier attached wing; c. 1790 alterations include gambrel roof and window sash. Adjacent 17th and 18th century archeological sites of mills and Native American and military encampments.

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Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Business Type: Military History
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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Camp Shanks World War II Museum
Business Type: Military History
South Greenbush Road
Orangeburg, 10962
Rockland County
(845)638-5419
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Exhibits focus on military life in Camp Shanks during WWII. The site of Camp Shanks once stretched from Blauvelt to the New Jersey border, and from Route 303 to the Rockland Psychiatric Center. Some 1.3 million soldiers shipped out from here, via the Piermont Pier, on their way to the Normandy Invasion. Handicapped accessible.

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Open Spring, Summer, Fall, Sat/Sun 10am to 3 pm.

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Edmonston House 1755
Business Type: Military History
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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Fort Decker
Business Type: Military History
127 Main Street
Port Jervis, 12771
Orange County
(845)856-2375
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The stone house museum known as Fort Decker, or the Decker Stone House, has been gradually restored since 1970. The house demonstrates the skilled handiwork of expert artisans and has a long and interesting history. The stone house was originally built in 1760 as a fortification for the defense of settlers from Indian attacks and used as a store. The structure was burned in 1779 by Joseph Brant and his Mohawk Indian raiders, and subsequently rebuilt in 1793 by Martinus Decker. The house was used for a short time as a headquarters for John B. Jervis and his team of engineers during the construction of the Delaware and Hudson Canal, (D&H Canal), in the 1820s. It was used as a residence until 1965. Open June thru September on Saturdays 1 to 4. Two weekends before Christmas, 1 to 4.

Hours of Operation
Open June through October.

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Foundry School Museum
Business Type: Military History
63 Chestnut Street
Cold Spring, 10516
Putnam County
(845)265-4010
FAX: (845)265-2884
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Features of the Museum:

  • World-renowned painting "The Gun Foundry" by John Ferfuson Weir.
  • The Foundry Room, exhibiting memorabilia of the West Point Foundry.
  • The Parrot Gun of Civil War fame.
  • The School Room of the original Foundry School.
  • Ludington Country Store.
  • 19th century country kitchen.
  • Indian dugout canoe.
  • Reference library, photographs, maps, documents, genealogy, Putnam County history.
  • Permanent and seasonal exhibits from the Museum's collections.

Hours of Operation
The museum is closed during January and February.

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Goshen Public Library & Historical Society
Business Type: French & Indian Wars
203 Main Street
Goshen, 10924
Orange County
(845)294-6606
FAX: (845)294-7158
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Archival treasures and unique manuscripts such as Indian deed dated 1702/3; brief of Alexander Hamilton; militia rills for the French and Indian War.

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Hart-Cluett House
Business Type: Military History
57 Second Street
Troy, 12180
Rensselaer County
(518)272-7232
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Operated by the Rensselaer County Historical Society, the 1827 Federal style townhouse tells the story of 3 prominent families. Guided tours are offered at 11am

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Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
Business Type: Military History
Forge Hill Road, PO Box 207
Vails Gate, 12584
Orange County
(845)561-5498
FAX: (845)561-6577
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Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site, the 1754 John Ellison House, is located less than a ten minute drive from the New Windsor Cantonment and is open Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day, and at other times by appointment.

For most of the 18th century and into the 19th century, the Ellison family had important commercial dealings in milling and trade. From their mill on Silver Stream, flour was shipped down the Hudson River to New York City and the West Indies. During the Revolutionary War, the house was used as quarters for high-ranking officers like Major Generals Henry Knox and Horatio Gates.

Today, remains of the Ellison mill, with traces of the underground racecourse by Silver Stream, and the Jane Colden Native Plant Sanctuary, with over 100 kinds of wild flowers, may be visited on this 49 acre site.

Knox's Headquarters is a place to discover history. Tours and workshops offer hands-on and interactive experiences that enable students and other groups to explore how the Ellisons and other families of the mid-Hudson Valley lived 200 years ago.

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Last Encampment of the Continental Army, The
Business Type: Military History
19 Causeway Road, Route 300
New Windsor, 12553
Orange County
(845)561-5073 or
(845)561-0902
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On April, 1782 General Washington came to Newburgh, NY to what would be his final Headquarters at the Hasbrouck House. With the British Army still in New York City, he wanted the Northern Army close by in the event hostilities erupted again. New Windsor was chosen due to its proximity. Here the Continental Army would build its fourth and final winter cantonment. Park lands are open every day for walks during daylight hours. FREE to the public. Picnic areas. Open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10 to 5 mid April thru October.

Hours of Operation
Mid-April through October. Guided Tours from Noon till 4pm Thursday to Sunday. Self guided tours during daylight hours.

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Miller Hill Battlefield
Business Type: Military History
Dunlap Way
White Plains, 10601
Westchester County
(914)242-7275
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Final shots of the Battle of White Plains were fired from here on November 1, 1776. Fortified by the American Troops of Colonial John Glover.

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