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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

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Current Hours (through mid-April): Fridays and Saturdays, 11am – 3pm and Tuesdays through Saturdays by appointment.

Call 845-562-1195 for more information or to make an appointment. Please note that some services may be unavailable due to weather or staffing.

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.)

Volunteer at Washington's Headquarters

Interested in HISTORY? Like working with PEOPLE? Enjoy working OUTDOORS? You may be interested in volunteering at Washington's Headquarters! For more information, please see the volunteer information document at the bottom of the page, or call (845) 562-1195. 

Fenella Heckscher Named 2024 Martha Washington Woman of History

Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties member, Fenella Heckscher, has been named the 2024 Martha Washington Woman of History. This award is given annually by Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley through education, promotion, or preservation. The honor was inspired by Martha Washington, an outstanding woman in history who resided in the Hudson Valley with her husband, General George Washington, during the last days of the Revolutionary War.

Through her volunteer work at the Garden Club, Mrs. Heckscher has studied and shared the work of Jane Colden, Andrew Jackson Downing, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. She has championed projects with Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park, and created a wildflower garden named for Jane Colden, America's first female botanist. She also secured funding from the Garden Club of America to revitalize the plantings in Newburgh's Downing Park. These and other volunteer efforts have shed light on the history and preservation of to preserve and enhance our natural environment, and to share this with the public.

The 2024 Martha Washington Woman of History Award will be presented to Fenella Heckscher at an event entitled, The General's Lady, to be held on March 17th at 2pm at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh.

Hours of Operation

  • Spring/Summer/Fall Hours: mid-April - October

    Wednesday - Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: 1 pm -  5 pm

    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.

  • Fall/Winter Hours: November - Mid-April

    Fridays and Saturdays, 11AM - 3PM.

    Tuesdays - Saturday by appointment


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.

Reservations

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


Sun 17 Mar
The General’s Lady
Sunday, March 17, 2024 02:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
In honor of Women's History Month, Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site will hold its annual program, The General's Lady , Sunday, March 17th at 2:00 PM. Inspired by Martha Washington, this event pays tribute to both the impact of noteworthy historical women and to contemporary women making a difference in the field of history and preservation in the Hudson Valley. Join historian and author Claire Bellerjeau as she discusses the discovery of a new founding figure named Elizabeth, or Liss. Liss was enslaved by the Townsend family of Oyster Bay, New York, whose most famous member was Robert Townsend aka "Culper, Jr.", George Washington's lead spy in Manhattan during the Revolutionary War. The celebration also includes the presentation of the 2024 Martha Washington Woman of History Award, which recognizes a woman's outstanding contribution to Hudson Valley history. This year's recipient is Garden Club of Orange and Dutchess Counties member, Fenella Heckscher, For more information, call 845-562-1195.

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