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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.

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.

  • 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 01 Jul
Celebrate Independence!
Saturday, July 1, 2017 until Sunday, July 2, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Lecture: Declaration of Independence: Senior Historian Michael Sunday, July 2 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 to be followed by Reading of the Declaration by a costumed interpreter.

2:00pm: Lecture
2:45pm: Reading
3:00pm: Artillery drill and firing demonstration.

All activities Free.

Sat 15 Jul
238th Anniversary of the Storming of Stony Point
Saturday, July 15, 2017 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Celebrate the Storming of Stony Point with reenactors from American, British, and Loyalist units. Military drills, musket demonstrations, and artillery demonstrations will take place all day. Visit the 18th century camps and experience life for soldiers and the women and families who accompanied them in the war. Special lecture by Don Hagist on the important role of Women in the British Army. Demonstrations and hands-on participation activities throughout the day including: spinning and dyeing wool, cooking, gardening, blacksmithing, colonial games and wooden musket drills for children. All activities Free.

Sat 22 Jul
Lecture: General Lafayette
Saturday, July 22, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

The Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman who offered his services at the youthful age of 19 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 incredible life of Washington's protégé.

Sat 22 Jul
Evening Battlefield Lantern Walking Tour
Saturday, July 22, 2017 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 05 Aug
Lecture: British Soldiers, American War
Saturday, August 5, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Few British soldiers who served in America left their own writings. This talk by researcher/author Don Hagist will examine rare accounts along with his research to put each man's experience into context. He will talk about writing his book, showing the diversity of experiences that soldiers had and the types of data used to discover their stories.

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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