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Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

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Address
44 Battlefield Rd.
Stony Point, NY 10980
Latitude 41.241062
Longitude -73.976570

Visit the site of the Battle of Stony Point, one of the last Revolutionary War battles in the northeastern colonies. This is where Brigadier General Anthony Wayne led his corps of Continental Light Infantry in a daring midnight attack on the British, seizing the site's fortifications and taking the soldiers and camp followers at the British garrison as prisoners on July 16, 1779.

By May 1779 the war had been raging for four years and both sides were eager for a conclusion. Sir Henry Clinton, Commander-In-Chief of the British forces in America, attempted to coerce General George Washington into one decisive battle to control the Hudson River. As part of his strategy, Clinton fortified Stony Point. Washington devised a plan for Wayne to lead an attack on the garrison. Armed with bayonets only, the infantry captured the fort in short order, ending British control of the river.

The Stony Point Lighthouse, built in 1826, is the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. De-commissioned in 1925, it now stands as a historical reminder of the importance of lighthouses to commerce on the Hudson River. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 unleashed a surge of commercial navigation along the Hudson River, by linking New York city to America's heartland. Within a year, the first of the Hudson's fourteen lights shone at Stony Point and others soon followed, designed to safely guide maritime travel along the river. Many light keepers, including several remarkable women such as Nancy and Melinda Rose at Stony Point, made their homes in the lighthouse complexes, and ensured that these important navigational signals never failed to shine.

The site features a museum, which offers exhibits on the battle and the Stony Point Lighthouse, as well as interpretive programs, such as reenactments highlighting 18th century military life, cannon and musket firings, cooking demonstrations, and children's activities and blacksmith demonstrations.

No Pets Allowed

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 182 Stony Point, NY 10980

Hours of Operation

  • Please contact the site for opening dates and times by calling the museum: (845) 786-2521 or visit the site's Facebook page.
  • Spring to Fall hours 2018:
    The Battlefield Museum is open now to October 31, 2018, Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm. The grounds are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The site is closed and gates are locked at 5:00 pm daily, please plan your visit accordingly.

    Winter hours 2018-2019:
    On November 1, 2017, Stony Point Battlefield will change its operating hours for the coming winter season. The Battlefield grounds will open Monday to Friday from 10-4, weather and staffing permitting, and be closed on weekends. The museum will be closed for the winter. We will reopen on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, for an exciting new season of programs and activities. For information and inquiries, please call the site office at: 845-786-2521.

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 easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and 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. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Battlefield Access
  • Access to the Battlefield is free to visitors during regular hours. Donations are welcome. Some program fees for tours and evening events are charged, please call the site for information.

  • School Tours
  • $3 per person
  • Scout, Group & Organization Tours
  • $3 per person

Group Tours: For organized group (school, scout and organizations,) tours are offered Wednesday to Sunday by advance reservation only and are limited to availability of staff and weather. Please call the site office three months in advance for school visits and three weeks in advance for scout and organizations to book a tour of the Battlefield. Fees apply.

Sat 30 Jun
Celebrate Independence!
Saturday, June 30, 2018 until Sunday, July 1, 2018
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Lecture: Declaration of Independence: Senior Historian Michael Sheehan will present an illustrated talk on the proceedings of Congress in early 1776, featuring the parts played by John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence at 2pm.

Reading of the Declaration by a costumed interpreter at 2:45pm.

Artillery drill and firing demonstration at 3pm.

All activities Free.

Wed 04 Jul
Celebrate Independence!
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Lecture: Declaration of Independence: Senior Historian Michael Sheehan will present an illustrated talk on the proceedings of Congress in early 1776, featuring the parts played by John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson in writing the Declaration of Independence at 2pm.

Reading of the Declaration by a costumed interpreter at 2:45pm.

Artillery drill and firing demonstration at 3pm. All activities Free.

Sat 21 Jul
Evening Battlefield Lantern Walking Tour
Saturday, July 21, 2018 08:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Follow in the footsteps of the attacking American forces as the sounds of musket and cannon fire from the British camp echo around you. Walk with a guide and learn the details of the battle. Not suitable for younger children. Bring bug spray and flashlight. By advance reservation only, please call 845-786-2521. Fee: $5.00 adults / $4.00 children (must be 10 years and over) and seniors.
Registration: Required
Sat 28 Jul
Lecture: General Lafayette
Saturday, July 28, 2018 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

The Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman who offered his services to the American army became a favorite of George Washington. Lafayette proved a vital force in both the American and French Revolutions. This illustrated lecture, by Senior Historian Michael Sheehan, explores the distinguished life of Washington's protégé.

Sat 11 Aug
Lecture: The Hudson River in the Summer of 1781
Saturday, August 11, 2018 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Historian Robert A. Selig will present on the little known but important role the Hudson Valley played in the Yorktown Campaign, making the British think the American & French armies were going to attack New York, when the real goal was Yorktown!

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Museum/Visitors Center
  • Scenic Views
  • Self Guided Tours
    • Activities
    • Demonstrations
    • Group Tours
    • Historic House * Lighthouse
    • Historic House * Lighthouse
    • Picnic Area
    • Re-enactments