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.
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.
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.
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.
In 1909, the Kingdom of the Netherlands presented the United States with a replica of Henry Hudson's Half Moon in order to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his voyage to North America. The vessel participated in many events in New York Harbor before being transferred to the PIPC. She then spent many years moored in the Popolopen Creek before ending her career ignobly in a park in Cohoes, NY. Come hear SUNY Maritime College professor David Allen tell the tale of this historic ship and his students' quest to discover the true story of her and other Hudson River Valley relics.
To Reserve a Seat, Call 845-446-2134
PLEASE NOTE: Thursday Night Speaker Series seating is by reservation only. Suggested Donation: $5, Members $3. The Series is proudly sponsored by the Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association.