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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

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Dogs, bicycles, recreational games, or cooking fires are not permitted at the Battlefield.

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.
  • Summer Season Hours of Operation 2024

    Grounds: Wednesday through Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sundays: 12:00 pm - 5:00pm, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
    Museum & Restrooms: Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm, Sundays: 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Please remember as an historic site, and a cemetery of Revolutionary War soldiers, we do not permit dogs, bicycles, recreational games, or cooking fires at the Battlefield

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
  • $5 per person
    $7 for special events

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 20 Jul
3rd Saturday Guided Battlefield Walk
Saturday, July 20, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
2:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month from May to October (3:30 p.m. on Sep 21st), a costumed interpreter will lead a guided walk around the Battlefield explaining the plan and execution of the American assault on the British garrison, highlighting the design and defense strategy of the fort and the bold idea for the attack.
Sat 03 Aug
1st Saturday Lighthouse Visiting Hours
Saturday, August 3, 2024 11:30 AM - 02:30 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month from May to October, the first floor of the Lighthouse will be open and staffed with a costumed interpreter to talk about its history. A lighthouse 4th Order Fresnel lens is available to view in the museum's Lighthouse Gallery along with a fog bell and other artifacts. Please note: no access to the upper level is permitted.
Sat 10 Aug
The World of Rebecca Franks
Saturday, August 10, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Site Interpreter Joanne Stein-Kohler has studied the Jewish experience in America in the years leading up to and after the American Revolution, through the lens of Rebecca Franks, the "Jewish Belle" of Philadelphia who married a British officer captured at Stony Point. Seating is limited, please call 845-786-2521 for a reservation.
Registration: Required
Sat 17 Aug
3rd Saturday Guided Battlefield Walk
Saturday, August 17, 2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
2:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month from May to October (3:30 p.m. on Sep 21st), a costumed interpreter will lead a guided walk around the Battlefield explaining the plan and execution of the American assault on the British garrison, highlighting the design and defense strategy of the fort and the bold idea for the attack.
Sat 24 Aug
The New York Campaign: 1776
Saturday, August 24, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
248 years ago, the British Army conquered the New York City area in a sweeping campaign with a handful of hair-raising battles, testing out the Continental Army for the first time. Site Historian Michael J. F. Sheehan will present a lecture with maps and illustrations on this gripping and dangerous year of the American Revolution, when the cause was almost lost. Seating is limited, please call 845-786-2521 for a reservation.
Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Demonstrations
  • Picnic Area
  • Re-enactments
  • Tours
  • Visitor Center * Museum