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Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

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Address
690 Route 9W
Fort Montgomery, NY 10922
Latitude 41.324532
Longitude -73.988701

Fort Montgomery was the scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River. Visitors today can tour the remains of the 14-acre fortification, perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Hudson. On October 6, 1777, British, Loyalist and Hessian forces attacked Fort Montgomery and nearby Fort Clinton. The defending American Patriots, outnumbered 3 to 1, fought desperately until driven out of their forts at the points of the enemy bayonets. More than half of the Patriot forces were killed, wounded or captured.

Visitors can learn about this important military post at the site's museum, which showcases original artifacts and weapons, large scale models of the fort and the attack, highly detailed mannequins frozen in poses of battle, and an action packed fifteen minute movie of the 1777 assault. Archeologists have revealed many of Fort Montgomery's remains, including stone foundations of barracks, the gunpowder magazine and eroded redoubt walls. There is a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the Grand Battery, where reproduction cannon stand guard and are occasionally fired by the fort's staff. The past comes alive at Fort Montgomery with living history demonstrations of artillery, musketry, music and camp life activities.

 

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 213Fort Montgomery, NY 10922

Hours of Operation

  • 2017 season: Museum open April 19 - October 29, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

    An overflow/additional parking lot ¼ mile north of our main lot on Route 9W can be used by visitors when our main lot is closed.

  • During the off-season, Fort Montgomery will still be open by reservation for group tours. For more information, please call 845-446-2134. 

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.

  • Group Tour
  • $3 per person

Saturdays & Sundays in July & August:

To be Announced

Please also join us for our popular Thursday Night Lecture Series. Visit www.palisadesparksconservancy.org or call the site for more information.

 

Sat 26 Aug
Ben Franklin’s Experiments
Saturday, August 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

We all think we know the story of Benjamin Franklin. We know the story of his flying a kite in a thunderstorm, but do you know about the other inventions he worked on? Historian Mike Kochan will present and demonstrate some of Benjamin Franklin's Experiments. Mike will have replicas of the machines Franklin used in his experiments. Guests will have the opportunity to conduct some of the experiments themselves! This hands-on program will bring the history of electrical developments to life.

At 2:00 Mike's illustrated talk will show Franklin's place in the history of the discoveries in electricity. Mike will start with the Greeks, move to the 17th century then the 18th century and finish with a demonstration of Franklin's famous kite experiment.

Sat 02 Sep
Colonial Cooking
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

18th century cooking was in many ways similar to modern times. Meals were prepared using methods such as boiling, frying, broiling and baking. Today's program will demonstrate how multi-dish meals can be created over a single open fire using various cookware and methods.

Sat 30 Sep
In Their Own Words: The Battle for Fort Montgomery!
Saturday, September 30, 2017 01:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Come for a unique, extended tour of one of the Hudson Valley's most dramatic battle sites! Drawing mainly on 1st hand accounts and archaeological data, this ramble will bring to life the Revolutionary War attack on Fort Montgomery using the words of the soldiers who were there and what they left behind. Program will last approximately 2 hours and include rarely visited spots of the battlefield and conclude with a musket firing demonstration. Ramblers welcome to bring a bagged lunch. Registration Required - please email: peter.cutul@parks.ny.gov or call 845-446-2134 to Register. www.hudsonrivervalleyramble.com

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Oct
Twin Forts Day
Saturday, October 7, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Join our friends group and the 5th NY Regiment for the 240th anniversary of the 1777 assault on Forts Montgomery & Clinton, complete with drills, camplife activities, musket demonstrations, and cannon firings.

Sat 14 Oct
Black Ash Splint Basket Making
Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Come help traditional skills expert Barry Keegan pound black ash logs and learn the art of making splints for Ash Basketry! Program is hands-on and family- friendly.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views
  • Self Guided Tours
    • Activities
    • Audio-Visual Programs (Accessible)
    • Demonstrations
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Hiking
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