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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 2017:
    The Battlefield Museum is open now to October 29, 2017, 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 Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 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 2017-2018:
    The museum is closed from October 30, 2017 to April 13, 2018. The grounds are open, weather and staffing permitting, Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, October 30, 2017 to April 13, 2018. The site is closed weekends during the winter months.

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 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.

Sat 19 Aug
Evening Battlefield Lantern Walking Tour
Saturday, August 19, 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 26 Aug
Lecture: The New York Campaign
Saturday, August 26, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Senior Historian Michael Sheehan will present an illustrated lecture on the campaign of 1776 in the New York City area. This campaign was the first real test of Washington's fledgling army. This talk covers the men, commanders, and battles of this exciting campaign.

Sat 09 Sep
Hudson River Birding Ramble
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Enjoy a walk with Della and Alan Wells of the Rockland Audubon Society. These birding experts will lead us through the diverse bird habitats found at the Stony Point Battlefield. First-time birders are welcome. Bring binoculars, or borrow an extra pair from the group. Weather permitting.

8:00am & 10:00am

Sat 16 Sep
Lecture: Birds of the Battlefield: Then and Now
Saturday, September 16, 2017 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

In this unique illustrated presentation, Dr. Alan Wells of the Rockland Audubon Society will discuss the fascinating and colorful array of birds documented at Stony Point through the past few centuries. Beginning with early period letters and diaries, he will trace observations of avian arrivals and departures to the present day.

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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