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Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site

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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

  • Museum & Grounds: 

    The Museum is closed for the season and will reopen on April 15, 2017.

    Grounds only, winter hours: From November 1, 2016 to April 15, 2017, the grounds are open weekdays only from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weather and staffing permitting. Closed Thanksgiving Day (November 24th) , Christmas (December 26th ) and New Year's (January 2). According to the Comptroller's Office, since both Christmas and New Year's fall on Sundays, they are being treated as Monday holidays. The site is closed on WEEKENDS, no access is permitted.

    April 15th 2017, the site museum and living history camp will reopen with the following activities: 

  • Museum Open: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except for these Monday holidays - Memorial Day, Labor Day.

    Group (school, scout and organizations,) tours are available. Information can be found here.

  • 18th Century Living History Military Camp: Open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m., staffing and weather permitting.

  • Artillery Drills: An artillery demonstration and firing of the site's 6-pounder cannon is presented on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m., weather and staffing permitting.
  • Blacksmiths Forge: Stony Point Battlefield's resident blacksmith is often found in the Soldier's Camp Wednesday through Sunday, but his schedule varies. Visit the forge for a discussion of military smithing and see how new items and repairs are made for the camp.
  • Picnic Tables: Tables are available near the parking lot and in the picnic pavilion for our daily visitors. Large groups (15 or more), are required to secure advance reservation and a permit, for which there is a fee. Please call the site office for reservations at least two weeks in advance.
  • Grounds Open: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The site is closed and gate is locked at 5 p.m. daily.

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.

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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