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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

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The Museum and Headquarters tours are by reservation only.

Admission is by reservation. Please see Covid-19 Policies and Protective Measures on our "Tours" tab before making your reservation. Please note that some services are unavailable at this time.

Address
84 Liberty St.
Newburgh, NY 12551
Latitude 41.497120
Longitude -74.009140

Visit the nation's first publicly owned historic site and tour the rooms where American history was made. In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic. It was here that Washington rejected the idea of an American monarchy; ended the Newburgh Conspiracy, preventing potential military control of the government; created the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart; and circulated an influential letter to State Governors outlining the key principals he felt necessary for the new republic.

While visiting Washington's Headquarters explore the Museum, which houses the award-winning exhibit, Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington's Headquarters' Collection. The exhibit features over 1,300 objects highlighting Washington's Headquarters diverse collections and is navigated by an electronic catalog system. Also, take a tour of the Tower of Victory and climb the steps to the newly restored belvedere. (Access to the Tower may be limited based on staffing and weather conditions.)

Employment Opportunities at Washington's Headquarters!

Washington's Headquarters State Historic site is seeking part-time employees in both maintenance and interpretation. Please see the vacancy noticed below if you are interested. Please share these with others who may want to know more. For more information, contact the site at 845-562-1195 or WHQSHS@parks.ny.gov 

Interpreter | Maintenance 

FRAMING HISTORY: A YEAR IN PICTURES PHOTO PROJECT AT WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS

How do YOU see Washington's Headquarters?

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site announces an innovative virtual photo gallery project to celebrate the newly improved 7-acre grounds. Starting in August, and running for the next 12 months, Washington's Headquarters will be asking for visitors to submit photos of the refreshed grounds. Each month, favorite images will be added to the virtual gallery for all to enjoy. Washington's Headquarters has spent the last year improving its grounds and pathways, providing improved access to the site's buildings and monuments, new lighting and plantings, and more opportunities to sit and take in the scenic Hudson River views!

Come see the refreshed grounds and take the time to reflect on your favorite aspect of the site...and take some photos! Did you find a favorite view? An interesting historic feature? A bird perched in a precarious spot? Does the site change its colors or shadows at a different time of day? A different time of year?

Take a picture and send it to us at https://www.palisadesparks.org/whq-ayearinpictures!  

To see the gallery of images grow throughout the year, go to https://www.palisadesparks.org/whq-photogallery.

Support for the project provided by the Palisades Parks Conservancy.

For more information about Framing History: A Year in Pictures or about Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, call 845-562-1195, or email WHQSHS@parks.ny.gov.

Washington's Headquarters Seeks 2022 Woman of History! 

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Martha Washington Woman of History Award. Each year, Washington's Headquarters selects a recipient for this award, given to a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history. The honor is presented at the Site's annual program, The General's Lady held in March, during Women's History Month. The Woman of History award acknowledges Martha Washington's important place in history as a devoted patriot in support of the American Revolution and the ensuing new nation. Click here for guidelines and an application form. The deadline for applications is January 7th, 2022.

Hours of Operation

  • Museum Hours: Mid-April - Late October

    Wednesday - Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm
    Sunday: 1 pm -  4 pm

  • Winter Hours: November - Mid-April

    Fridays and Saturdays, 11AM - 3PM.


    School and group tours are welcome by appointment year round. For more information on our program offerings, please visit the "Education" tab.

    Washington's Headquarters also offers special events and programs all year round. Keep an eye on the NYS Parks Event Calendar, or "like" us on Facebook.

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.

Only Cash and Checks (payable to NYS Parks) Accepted

  • Tour Admission
  • Adult - $7
    Senior/Student - $5
    12 and under - Free

  • School Group and Prescheduled Group Admission
  • $5 per person (min. 10)
    Additional Talk - $2 each
    Talk ONLY - $5 per person (min. 10)
  • Outreach Programs (Off-site)
  • $5 per person
    (Note: May include additional travel fee depending on distance)


    For more information on special program offerings for both school and adult groups, please see the "Education" tab.
    For more information on tour offerings, please see the "Tours" tab.

Washington's Headquarters provides a variety of special program offerings appropriate for children to adults. These programs can be delivered on-site or can come to you as outreach programs. To learn more about what the site has to offer, and how to schedule your group, please click the links below

School Programs

Adult Programs

Acquired and opened by the State of New York in 1850, Washington's Headquarters, State Historic Site, is the first publicly owned and operated historic site in the Nation, a National Landmark, and a contributing property within Newburgh's 445-acre East End Historic District. From April 1782 to August 1783 General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, made his headquarters and residence at Jonathan and Tryntje Hasbrouck family's fieldstone farmhouse in Newburgh. It was the longest he stayed at any headquarters throughout the 8 1/2 years of the Revolution. The Hasbrouck house is furnished to reflect Washington's stay and is open for guided tours. Here, the General, his wife Martha, officers, servants, and slaves lived and worked in close quarters, while a steady stream of guests met with the Washington's.

In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic.

It was here that Washington:

  • Rejected the suggestion of an American monarchy.
  • Ended the Newburgh Conspiracy, preventing potential military control of the government.
  • Created the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart.
  • Circulated an influential letter to State Governors outlining the key principals he felt necessary for the new republic.
  • Announced the Cessation of Hostilities, which ended the fighting of the Revolutionary War.

Tours

Admission to Washington's Headquarters includes a guided tour of the historic Hasbrouck House, furnished to reflect its use as General Washington's Headquarters from April of 1782 to August of 1783, as well as self-guided access to the museum building, which includes two floors of exhibits.

Washington's Headquarters also offers group tours, school programs, and adult programs. For information on those offerings and how to schedule a group, visit the "Education" tab, or contact the site.

Tours are available by reservation. Please see the "Hours of Operation" tab for details. Please see the "Fees and Rates" Tab for admission information.

COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protective Measures

Protective measures

To ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff, and under the guidance of the State of New York, Office of Parks, Recreation and NYS Department of Health, Washington's Headquarters is following the following guidelines:

  • Visitors between the age of 2 and 12 years old are required to properly wear a face covering (over nose and mouth) at all times while in any interior spaces.
  • For your safety, hand sanitizer stations will be available and should be used upon entering and exiting buildings.
  • We encourage all visitors to wear masks in the building. If you are not vaccinated you should wear a mask.
  • All family groups must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other visitors and staff.

These measures are subject to change. Please check on updated guidelines when making your reservation. Thank you.

Reservations

Reservations are made by calling the site at (845) 562-1195 and speaking with a staff member who will assist you.


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