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Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

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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 182 Stony Point, NY 10980

Hours of Operation

  • Please contact the site for opening dates and times by calling the museum: (845) 786-2521 or visit the site's Facebook page.
  • Winter hours 2018-2019:
    Site Hours effective Nov 1, 2018- April 18, 2019
    Grounds Open Monday- Friday, 10:00 AM- 4:00PM (Closed Weekends)
    Museum Closed
    Restrooms Closed
    Site Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

    Spring to Fall hours 2019:
    The Battlefield Museum and facilities will open for the season on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Museum hours will be: Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm. The grounds will be open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. This schedule will continue until October 31, 2019.

    The site is closed and gates are locked at 5:00 pm daily, please plan your visit accordingly.

Fees & Rates

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

  • Battlefield Access
  • Access to the Battlefield is free to visitors during regular hours. Donations are welcome. Some program fees for tours and evening events are charged, please call the site for information.

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

Group Tours: For organized group (including scouts 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 weeks in advance to book a tour of the Battlefield. Fees apply.

Mon 27 May
Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 27, 2019 02:45 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Participate in a Memorial Day commemoration for fallen soldiers from all wars with a presentation of an 18th century military ceremony to honor the dead. Followed immediately by our 3 p.m. artillery demonstration

Sat 22 Jun
Evening Battlefield Lantern Tour
Saturday, June 22, 2019 08:00 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 costumed soldier. The sounds of musket and cannon fire punctuate the atmosphere as night falls, bringing the story of the American victory to life.

Fee $5.00 adults, $4.00 children (10 and over only) and seniors.

By advance reservation only, call 845-786-2521.

Children must be 10 years or older.

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of the Stony Point Battlefield & Lighthouse

Sat 29 Jun
Independence Day Commemoration
Saturday, June 29, 2019 until Sunday, June 30, 2019
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States!

Illustrated Lecture- Development of the Declaration - 1:00 PM

Reading of the Declaration of Independence - 2:45 PM

Firing of Cannon - 3:00 PM

All Programs are FREE!

Thu 04 Jul
Independence Day Commemoration
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Celebrate the 243rd birthday of the United States!

Illustrated Lecture- Development of the Declaration - 1:00 PM

Reading of the Declaration of Independence - 2:45 PM

Firing of Cannon - 3:00 PM

All Programs are FREE!

Sat 06 Jul
How is Iron Made?
Saturday, July 6, 2019 01:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Iron has been utilized for thousands of years andis still in common use every day. It was used in cannon barrels, the Great Chain of West Point, household cutlery, and today in the cars we drive, but how did it get from a rock to a useable material? What was the process of founding? Historian Doc Bayne will explain how in an illustrated talk.

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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