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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 25 Aug
Lecture: The New York Campaign
Saturday, August 25, 2018 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 08 Sep
Hudson River Birding Ramble
Saturday, September 8, 2018 08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Fall Migratory birds. Join Rockland Audubon Society’s Della and Alan Wells as they explore the diverse bird habitats of Stony Point. Bring binoculars! Gates open 7:45a.m., Meet in parking lot. Open to all, from new to experienced birders.

Sat 15 Sep
Lighthouse Day: The Civil War Era
Saturday, September 15, 2018 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Come learn about life in the period of the American Civil War and hear the story of the Stony Point Lighthouse, the Hudson River's oldest beacon and its protection of the maritime trade. Balladeer Linda Russel and Storyteller Jonathan Kruk will bring you back to the 1860s with music and stories. Meet the Lightkeeper, Mrs. Nancy Rose and tour the first floor of the lighthouse. The 26th USCT, a Civil War African American Navel living history group will set up camp near the lighthouse and present a program in full period dress,and talk about the contributions of African-Americans to the Union cause and end slavery during the Civil War. Children's games, crafts and refreshments for all!

Sat 22 Sep
Lecture: Treason! Benedict Arnold
Saturday, September 22, 2018 02:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Join historian Benjamin Olex as he presents an illustrated talk on the life of the notorious General Benedict Arnold and the events that led to his decision to sell the plans of West Point to the British.

Sat 29 Sep
Lecture: Benjamin Franklin: A Life
Saturday, September 29, 2018 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
(845) 786-2521

Dr. Benjamin Franklin was America's first international personality; a printer, diplomat, writer, politician, and scientist, he garnered attention worldwide. Explore the fascinating life and career of Franklin as he served America in her founding years.

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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