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Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

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Fort Montgomery State Historic Site’s Museum has REOPENED as of July 21st. The Site’s Grounds and Trails Remain Closed.

690 Route 9W
Fort Montgomery, NY 10922
Latitude 41.324532
Longitude -73.988701

Fort Montgomery was the scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River. Visitors today can tour the remains of the 14-acre fortification, perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Hudson. On October 6, 1777, British, Loyalist and Hessian forces attacked Fort Montgomery and nearby Fort Clinton. The defending American Patriots, outnumbered 3 to 1, fought desperately until driven out of their forts at the points of the enemy bayonets. More than half of the Patriot forces were killed, wounded or captured.

Visitors can learn about this important military post at the site's museum, which showcases original artifacts and weapons, large scale models of the fort and the attack, highly detailed mannequins frozen in poses of battle, and an action packed fifteen minute movie of the 1777 assault. Archeologists have revealed many of Fort Montgomery's remains, including stone foundations of barracks, the gunpowder magazine and eroded redoubt walls. There is a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the Grand Battery, where reproduction cannon stand guard and are occasionally fired by the fort's staff. The past comes alive at Fort Montgomery with living history demonstrations of artillery, musketry, music and camp life activities.


Mailing Address
P.O. Box 213 Fort Montgomery, NY 10922

Hours of Operation

  • Fort Montgomery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 1 PM to 5 PM.

    An additional parking lot located on Route 9W, 1/8 mile north of our main entrance can be used by hikers, and by site visitors when our main lot is full.

    During the off-season, Fort Montgomery is open by reservation for group tours. For more information, please call 845-446-2134.

Fees & Rates

  • Fees & Rates
  • Access to Fort Montgomery 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.

In the Hour of Their Country's Trial: The Battle of Fort Montgomery, October 6, 1777

Fort Montgomery's museum exhibits include original items excavated here in 1967-71, associated artifacts from museum collections, large scale models of the fort and highly detailed mannequins frozen in poses of battle. Together they tell us about the people who lived and fought here. The artifacts have been divided into three categories: those representing the weapons used here, those revealing the material culture of the soldiers, and those related to the building and destruction of the fort.

The Combatants

Sergeant, British 52nd Regiment of Foot

This infantryman is in the act of loading his fusil, a short, light-weight musket carried by sergeants and officers. His uniform consists of a red regimental coat with buff facings and white buttonhole lace, buff waistcoat and breeches, and black half-gaiters over his shoes to keep out stones and dirt. In addition to the silver lace on his black cocked hat, his rank is indicated by the sash around his waist and hanger, or short sword at his side.

Private, Loyal American Regiment, attached to Emmerich's Chasseurs

The chasseurs (sharpshooters) consisted of 100 troops drawn from five Loyalist regiments. In 1777, all Loyalist units were clothed in green regimental uniform coats with white facings, white wool breeches and waistcoat, and a black cocked hat trimmed with white tape and a black military cockade. This particular chasseur is dressed in a non-regulation coat that has been shortened for ease of movement through rough terrain. His hat has likewise been cut down in size. He is taking aim with a rifle, a much more accurate weapon than the usual military musket of the era.

Privates, Ulster County Militia and 5th New York Regiment

The militia was not a component of the regular Continental Army. Instead, it consisted of local citizens who were called into service in an emergency by their state governments, and usually for a short term. Thus, the militiaman on the left wears a civilian coat, vest, and breeches. He is carrying a British Long Land Pattern 1742 musket, probably obtained from a pre-war British arsenal. He assists a wounded private from the 5th New York Regiment. Authorized by the Continental Congress in November 1776, the 5th recruited men from Ulster and Orange Counties. This soldier's brown regimental coat with blue facings is adorned with buttons bearing a joined "NY" emblem. His vest has buttons marked "USA." Suffering from a wounded leg, he leans on his French Model 1728 musket, one of the thousands of weapons secretly supplied to the Patriots by France in 1777.

Weapons of War

Objects dropped or discarded at Fort Montgomery provide archeologists and historians with a wealth of knowledge about military equipment, uniforms, and activities. Gun parts and musket balls reveal the types of weapons employed by both British and American forces. Buttons indicate military units and the clothing of some of the participants. They even show that some British uniforms had been captured and were being worn by American troops. Wherever possible, archeological artifacts from Fort Montgomery are shown close to corresponding locations on complete original weapons of the period. British, French and American muskets are displayed as well as swords, bayonets and artillery projectiles.

A City in the Wilderness: Food Vessels

The types of food vessels found in the officers' and enlisted men's quarters reveal differences in social status between the two groups of men. Lead-glazed, slip-decorated buff earthenwares were old-fashioned, utilitarian vessels used for food storage and preparation and for liquid-based foods, such as soups and stews. These wares were found in greatest numbers in the enlisted men's barracks. Creamware and white-glazed stoneware were a more refined type of ware, consisting of flat plates in matched sets used for serving individual portions of meat, such as slices from a roast, that required the use of a knife and fork while sitting at a table. These white-toned ceramics were found in higher proportions in the officers' quarters. Here visitors may view porcelain and salt-glazed stoneware items, case bottles, buff earthenware platters and bowls and a number of posset pots.

A City in the Wilderness: Personal Items

Fort Montgomery was a bustling community of hundreds of people. Soldiers, laborers, merchants, families, servants, and slaves lived at or visited the fort. Ships and boats arriving and departing added to the atmosphere of a small city. The inhabitants of the fort worked, cooked, baked bread, butchered meat, mended clothing, fished, ate, got sick, took medicine, smoked, drank tea, drank wine, drank punch, wrote letters, entertained themselves and each other with music and games of chance, and slept—all activities that went on in the villages and farms from which they came. Items on display in this case include clay pipe fragments, bone handled forks, pins, jaw harps, coins, buckles, spoons, cuff links, buttons, and animal bones.

Built and Destroyed

The construction of Fort Montgomery began early in 1776, and it fell to the British in battle on October 6, 1777. The British occupied the fort for a few days and then razed it before moving on. They destroyed the iron chain, burned the buildings, knocked down the chimneys, carried off or sank the guns, blew up the powder magazine, and took anything else of value with them. What remained were burned-out foundations and tumbled-down earthworks. The variety of burnt items on display serve as a testament to the thoroughness of the fort's destruction. Also on display here is a link of Fort Montgomery's chain, raised from the river bottom by fishermen in 1861.

In Pursuit of Fragile Liberty

Two of the smallest yet most important objects found during the archeological excavations at Fort Montgomery were these delicate jewels from a cuff link, impressed with the word "LIBERTY." Similar examples were found at a Continental Army barracks site in northern Manhattan and may ironically have their origins in the "Wilkes and Liberty" movement of pre-war Britain. Transplanted to America and worn by an American soldier during the battle, they would have symbolized the resolute hope of Fort Montgomery's defenders.


Sat 23 Sep
“This Man’s a Spy!”
Saturday, September 23, 2023 01:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
"This Man's A Spy!" is a concert of songs inspired by the fateful encounter of American General Benedict Arnold and British Major John André and their treasonous plot to deliver West Point to the British. Had their plan succeeded, the British may have won the Revolution. The songs are composed and performed by Carla Lynne Hall and Jim Keyes. This lively event is appropriate for families, children ages 6+ and history enthusiasts.
Sat 30 Sep
In Their Own Words, The Battle for Fort Montgomery
Saturday, September 30, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Come for a unique, extended tour of one of the Hudson Valley's most dramatic battle sites! Drawing mainly on 1st hand accounts and archaeological data, this ramble will bring to life the Revolutionary War attack on Fort Montgomery using the words of the soldiers who were here and what they left behind. Program will last about 2 hours and include rarely visited spots of the battlefield.
Thu 05 Oct
Henry Defendorff: A Very Intelligent Man
Thursday, October 5, 2023 07:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
If New York's Henry Defendorff was not a spy during the American Revolution, he was the closest thing to it. In this evening lecture, Author/Historian Phil Weaver will relay Defendorff's wartime adventures and his life as an officer of the Continental army. We think you will find it to be an intriguing story that asks more questions than it answers! PLEASE NOTE: The Thursday Night Speaker Series is Proudly Sponsored by the Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association. Seating is by reservation only. Call (845) 446-2134 to Register. Suggested Donation: $5, FMBSA Members $3. To Reserve a Seat, Call 845-446-2134. More information
Sat 07 Oct
Saturday, October 7, 2023 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Join the Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association on Saturday, October 7th as they commemorate the 246th an-niversary of the battle! In addition to reenactors from the 5th New York Regiment, there will be military drill, dra-matic performances, living history demonstrations (including blacksmithing, 18th century medicine and herbal-ism) throughout the day. Please note there will be NO BATTLE REENACTMENT. Dramatic Performances at 12:00 and 2:00 PM will feature the story of Hugh Morrison, an 8 yr old boy present on the day of the battle! Fort Montgomery is located at 690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery, NY 10922., ¼ mile north of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Call 845-446-2134 for more information. More information
Sat 28 Oct
Keeping it Fresh! Colonial Food Preservation
Saturday, October 28, 2023 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Fort Montgomery State Historic Site
Learn what it was like to prepare for winter in the 18th and 19th centuries. From pickling to drying to salting and smoking, presenter Tom Hunt will discuss and demonstrate many of the techniques used in early American food preservation. Program has a hands-on component for children!

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