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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 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.

Sat 07 Sep
Morning Birding Walk
Saturday, September 7, 2019 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

This event is co-sponsored by Rockland Audubon Society as part of the New York State Audubon in the Parks program.

Enjoy a two-hour walk led by Ron Conzo of the Rockland Audubon Society in search of neo-tropical birds on their migration. First time birders welcome! Experienced birders will enjoy exploring diverse habitats including; brackish river and marsh, fresh water pond, meadows, lawn and woodland areas.

Bring binoculars, or borrow an extra pair from the group. Wear sturdy shoes or boots.

Meet in the parking lot.

Sat 21 Sep
Treason! Benedict Arnold
Saturday, September 21, 2019 01:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Historian Michael Sheehan will present on the notorious life of Major General Benedict Arnold. Learn how Arnold became one of the most promising generals of the Continental Army, and why he chose to throw it all away. Join us for an illustrated lecture on this infamous and failed hero of the American War for Independence

Sat 28 Sep
To Be So Confin’d: Complexities of Slavery in 18th Century New York
Saturday, September 28, 2019 01:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Join Donald Hyman and Frederick Jones as they explore the difficult but important subject of slavery in the State of New York. Few people realize that at one time, New York was the second largest slave-holding state. Taking on personas of real-life slaves from Albany, Hyman and Jones will address what it was like to be a slave and what the concept of freedom was like in an era of the American Revolution and the immediate period afterwards.

Sat 19 Oct
Continental Soldiers Take Over!
Saturday, October 19, 2019 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Join the 2nd New York as they demonstrate how an American unit in the first year of the American Revolution, 1775, would march, drill, charge bayonets, and fire in unison. The 2nd New York will set up a small camp and engage with visitors between drill sessions, explaining camp life, material culture, and the fascinating history of the regiment in the uncertain early part of the American Revolution.

Sat 26 Oct
Extraordinary Haverstraw Bay
Saturday, October 26, 2019 01:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Hudson River Historian Scott Craven will present his latest talk on the fascinating ecology and history of Haverstraw Bay, the Hudson River's widest point and largest inclusive body. From colonists to sturgeon, Scott Craven will cover it all!

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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