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Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

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240th Anniversary of the Storming of Stony Point Schedule

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.
  • Winter hours 2018-2019:
    Site Hours effective Nov 1, 2018- April 18, 2019
    Grounds Open Monday- Friday, 10:00 AM- 4:00PM (Closed Weekends)
    Museum Closed
    Restrooms Closed
    Site Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

    Spring to Fall hours 2019:
    The Battlefield Museum and facilities will open for the season on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Museum hours will be: Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm. The grounds will be 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. This schedule will continue until October 31, 2019.

    The site is closed and gates are locked at 5:00 pm daily, please plan your visit accordingly.

Fees & Rates

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.

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.

  • 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.

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

Group Tours: For organized group (including scouts 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 weeks in advance to book a tour of the Battlefield. Fees apply.

Sat 27 Jul
Stony Point: From Battlefield to Historic Site
Saturday, July 27, 2019 01:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Stony Point has come a long way from privately owned peninsula, to raging battleground of the American Revolution, to picturesque public space. In this lecture, historian Benjamin Olex will explore the evolution of the site, the stories of its keepers and guardians, early celebrations of the battle, the pivotal connection it had to greater national ceremonies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the changes that made Stony Point the enjoyable historic site it is today.

Sat 27 Jul
Evening Battlefield Lantern Tour
Saturday, July 27, 2019 08:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

The Battle of Stony Point was a great victory for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Learn about the daring assault on the British garrison as you walk through the actual battleground at dusk with a costumed soldier. The sounds of musket and cannon fire punctuate the atmosphere as night falls, bringing the story of the American victory to life.

Fee $5.00 adults, $4.00 children (10 and over only) and seniors.

By advance reservation only, call 845-786-2521. Children must be 10 years or older.

Registration: Required

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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