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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

  • 2016 season: Museum open April 13 - October 30, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 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.

 

Thu 06 Apr
Henry Knox and His Noble Train of Artillery
Thursday, April 6, 2017 07:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
(845) 446-2134

Knox's Headquarters in Vails Gate is a local reminder of the incredible story that took place at the start of the Revolutionary War. With the British under siege in Boston, a young bookseller comes to General Washington with an idea on how to get them to leave: transport 60 tons of cannon from Fort Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights. It worked; much more would follow. Discover the interesting and critical story of one of our lesser known founding fathers in this evening lecture by local historian Bob Ulrich.

To Reserve a Seat, Call 845-446-2134

PLEASE NOTE: Thursday Night Speaker Series seating is by reservation only. Suggested Donation: $5, Members $3

Registration: Required

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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
  • Documents