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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

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Dogs, bicycles, recreational games, or cooking fires are not permitted beyond the arch.

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 Hours for Stony Point Battlefield 

    Effective 4/13/22-10/30/22 
    Museum: Wednesday- Saturday, 10:00a.m.- 4:30p.m.; Sunday, 12:00p.m.- 4:30p.m.
    Restrooms:  Wednesday- Saturday, 9:00a.m.- 4:30p.m.; Sunday, 12:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
    Grounds: Wednesday- Saturday, 9:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.; Sunday, 12:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. (weather & staffing permitting) 
    Grounds Closed: Monday and Tuesday
  • Please remember as an historic site, and a cemetery of Revolutionary War soldiers, we do not permit dogs or bicycles beyond the Memorial Arch, and no recreational games, or cooking fires are allowed.

Fees & Rates

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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Scout, Group & Organization Tours
  • $5 per person
    $7 for special events

Group Tours: For organized group (including scouts 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 weeks in advance to book a tour of the Battlefield. Fees apply.

Sat 09 Jul
Evening Battlefield Lantern Walk
Saturday, July 9, 2022 08:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
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 a flashlight. By advance reservation only, please call 845-786-2521. Fee: $5.00 adults / $4.00 seniors and children (must be 10 years and over)
Sat 16 Jul
243rd Anniversary of the Storming of Stony Point
Saturday, July 16, 2022 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Celebrate the Storming of Stony Point with reenactors from the 2nd NY Regiment, Lamb's Artillery, the 3rd NJ Greys and the 4th NJ Volunteers. Military drills, musket demonstrations and artillery demonstrations will take place all day during this living history event. Visit the 18th century camp and talk with the staff and reenactors to learn about the lives of soldiers, Loyalists and the women and children who were all impacted by the war. Note: This will not be a battle reenactment.
Sat 30 Jul
Evening Battlefield Lantern Walk
Saturday, July 30, 2022 08:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
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 a flashlight. By advance reservation only, please call 845-786-2521. Fee: $5.00 adults / $4.00 seniors and children (must be 10 years and over)
Sat 13 Aug
Evening Battlefield Lantern Walk
Saturday, August 13, 2022 08:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
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 a flashlight. By advance reservation only, please call 845-786-2521. Fee: $5.00 adults / $4.00 seniors and children (must be 10 years and over)
Sat 10 Sep
Tales of the Hudson Valley
Saturday, September 10, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk will delight audiences of all ages with tales of the Hudson Valley. Jonathan's presentation includes 18th and 19th century stories that will both entertain and educate visitors about our heritage. (Audience seating 1:45 p.m.)

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Demonstrations
  • Picnic Area
  • Re-enactments
  • Tours
  • Visitor Center