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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

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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 of an American monarchy; ended the Newburgh Conspiracy, preventing potential military control of the government; created the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart; and circulated an influential letter to State Governors outlining the key principals he felt necessary for the new republic.


Washington's Headquarters Seeks 2018 Woman of History! Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Martha Washington Woman of History Award. Each year, Washington's Headquarters selects a recipient for this award, given to a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history. The honor is presented at the Site's annual program, The General's Lady held in March, during Women's History Month. The Woman of History award acknowledges Martha Washington's important place in history as a devoted patriot in support of the American Revolution and the ensuing new nation. Click here for guidelines and an application form. The deadline for applications is January 12th, 2018.

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 year round. For more information on our program offerings, please visit the "Education" tab.

    Washington's Headquarters also offers special events and programs all year round. Keep an eye on the NYS Parks Event Calendar, or "like" us on Facebook.

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.

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  • Tour Admission
  • Adult - $4
    Senior/Student - $3
    12 and under - Free

  • School Group and Prescheduled Group Admission
  • $3 per person (min. 10)
    Additional Talk - $2 each
    Talk ONLY - $3 per person (min. 10)
  • Outreach Programs (Off-site)
  • $3 per person
    (Note: May include additional travel fee depending on distance)

    For more information on special program offerings for both school and adult groups, please see the "Education" tab.
    For more information on tour offerings, please see the "Tours" tab.

Washington's Headquarters provides a variety of special program offerings appropriate for children to adults. These programs can be delivered on-site or can come to you as outreach programs. To learn more about what the site has to offer, and how to schedule your group, 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 Martha, officers, servants, and slaves 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 suggestion of an American monarchy.
  • Ended the Newburgh Conspiracy, preventing potential military control of the government.
  • Created the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart.
  • Circulated an influential letter to State Governors outlining the key principals he felt necessary for the new republic.
  • Announced the Cessation of Hostilities, which ended the fighting of the Revolutionary War.


Admission to Washington's Headquarters includes a guided tour of the historic Hasbrouck House, furnished to reflect its use as General Washington's Headquarters from April of 1782 to August of 1783, as well as self-guided access to the museum building, which includes two floors of exhibits.

Washington's Headquarters also offers group tours, school programs, and adult programs. For information on those offerings and how to schedule a group, visit the "Education" tab, or contact the site.

Tours are available during open hours, or by appointment. Please see the "Hours of Operation" tab for details. Please see the "Fees and Rates" Tab for admission information.

Sat 17 Feb
George Washington's Birthday Celebration
Saturday, February 17, 2018 until Monday, February 19, 2018 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-1195

Help us celebrate George Washington's Birthday not just one day – but three!!!  There will be music, military demonstrations, historical presentations, and a take-home craft every day. Join us in singing "Happy Birthday" to The General, eat a piece of his birthday cake and enjoy all that each day has to offer. The General will be greeting visitors in the historic headquarters with balladeer Thad MacGregor offering musical entertainment in the dining room. On the grounds, re-enactors will be performing military drills culminating at the end of the day with a review of the troops by the General himself. Troops that will be present each day are: Saturday – the 5th New York Regiment, Sunday – 4th Connecticut Regiment and Lamb's Artillery, and Monday the 5th Connecticut Regiment. The museum building will host a craft for visitors of all ages, along with offering interesting historical presentations. One such talk on Saturday will be about Mount Gulian during the Revolutionary War, and another will touch upon enslavement in the Hudson Valley. On Sunday, learn about George Washington's health while residing in this area. On Monday, a re-enactor will share her insights into portraying Martha Washington for a contemporary audience.  For additional schedule details and information, call 845-562-1195. Admission for all three days is free, though donations are appreciated.
Sun 18 Mar
The General's Lady Program
Sunday, March 18, 2018 02:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-1195

"The General's Lady," a program celebrating Martha Washington and Women's History Month, will be held at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, on Sunday, March 18th at 2:00 PM. The program will include a presentation by Susan Stessin-Cohn, entitled, "In Defiance: Women Who Escaped Slavery in the Hudson Valley." The talk will deal with runaway slaves in the area and also include her experiences researching material for her book, "In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York's Hudson River Valley, 1735-1831."

This event also includes the presentation of the 2018 Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This year's Woman of History is Dawn Elliott, historic interpreter, reenactor, preservationist, educator and researcher.

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

For further information contact 845-562-1195.

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