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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

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Address
84 Liberty St.
Newburgh, NY 12551
Latitude 41.497120
Longitude -74.009140

Visit the nation's first publicly owned historic site and tour the rooms where American history was made. In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic. It was here that Washington rejected the idea that he should be king after the war; ended the Newburgh conspiracy, preventing military control of the government; created and awarded the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart; and circulated a letter to State Governors that influenced the writing of the Constitution.

 

7th Annual Newburgh Volunteer Fair: Held at Washington's Headquarters on Saturday, April 29th from 11am -3pm, this event provides not-for-profit organizations an opportunity to raise awareness within the community of the important services they provide. These groups rely upon volunteers to assist in their endeavors. Representatives from these organizations will be available at the event to speak about their work and to sign up those individuals who wish to join them in their efforts. For more information and the application for organizations to participate, please click here for the English Language version, or here for the Spanish Language version. The deadline for applications is April 14, 2017."

Hours of Operation

  • Museum Hours: Mid-April - Late October

    Wednesday - Saturday, 11am— 5pm Sunday, 1pm—5pm

  • Winter Hours: November – Mid-April

    Fridays and Saturdays, 11AM - 3PM.

    School and group tours are welcome by appointment Tuesday through Thursday, and the site is also open for Special Events during these months.

    Listings for special event programs in December, February and March can be found here Special Events - or by visiting Washington's Headquarters on Facebook

  • School and group tours are welcome by appointment.
    Special programs in December and on Presidents Day Weekend in February.

Fees & Rates

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.

The Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Outreach Programs (Off-site)
  • $3 per person
    Additional talk - Add $2 each
  • School Groups Tour & Program
  • $3 per person (min. 10)
    Additional Talk - $2 each
    Talk ONLY - $3 per person (min. 10)
  • Special Events
  • $4 per person
    6 and under - free
  • Tour Admission
  • Adult - $4
    Senior/Student - $3
    12 and under - Free

We provide both onsite and offsite programs appropriate for children and adults, both for recreational, educational and lifelong learning. To learn more, please click the links below:

School Programs

Adult Programs

Acquired and opened by the State of New York in 1850, Washington's Headquarters, State Historic Site, is the first publicly owned and operated historic site in the Nation, a National Landmark, and a contributing property within Newburgh's 445 acre East End Historic District. From April 1782 to August 1783 General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, made his headquarters and residence at Jonathan and Tryntje Hasbrouck family's fieldstone farmhouse in Newburgh. It was the longest he stayed at any headquarters throughout the 8 1/2 years of the Revolution. The Hasbrouck house is furnished to reflect Washington's stay and is open for guided tours. Here, the General, his wife, his officers and servants lived and worked in close quarters, while a steady stream of guests met with the Washington's. 

In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic.

It was here that Washington:

  • Rejected the idea that he should be king after the war ended the Newburgh
  • Conspiracy Prevented military control of the government
  • Created and awarded the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart
  • Circulated a letter to State Governors that influenced the writing of the Constitution.
  • Announced the Cessation of Hostilities (Armistice)

Tour Availability

  • Mid-April – October 31st:

    Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is open via guided tour. Wed. through Sat. from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, Sun. 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Tours are offered all day, with the last tour always departing at 4:30 pm.

  • November through mid-April:

    The site is open Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and services over 200 area schools and organizations. Please call for tour and group availability (845) 562-1195. Fees: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors (62 and above) and Students (with I.D.), Free for children 12 and under. Please call in advance for groups 12 and larger for discounted prices.


Sat 29 Apr
7th Annual Newburgh Volunteer Fair
Saturday, April 29, 2017 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-1195

Find out what organizations in your community are doing, and how you can lend them a helping hand. Come to the 7th Annual Newburgh Volunteer Fair at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site on Saturday, April 29th, from 11 AM until 3 PM. Learn how you can get involved with local community organizations. Representatives from many of the non-profit organizations based in Newburgh and the surrounding area will be there with information about volunteer opportunities for teenagers, adults and seniors. This is a chance to build useful skills, meet new people and take a more active part in your community. Come and see what opportunity is waiting for you. All are invited to attend the Fair, visit the tables, learn about and make connections with these important local groups.

Sun 30 Apr
Guest Bartending Benefits Local History
Sunday, April 30, 2017 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-1195

Join the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands for a beer in the taproom of the Newburgh Brewing Company. Members will greet the public and all cash tips will be donated to the Friends, supporting their efforts. This annual fundraiser takes place on Sunday, April 30th between 1:00 pm. and 4:00 pm.

Beer certainly has its place within the history of the American Revolution. Soldiers were promised, among other rations, their share of it and sufficient rations were linked to the morale of the men.

The Friends exists to benefit three New York State historic Sites that include Washington's Headquarters, New Windsor Cantonment and Knox's Headquarters. The supported sites gain from this organization's mission to increase public awareness of their significance and raising funds to support the educational, programming and collection needs of the sites.

The Newburgh Brewing Company is located at 88 South Colden Street within the City of Newburgh. For more information call (845) 562-1195.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
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    • Guided Tours (Accessible)
    • Historic House (Accessible)
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)