Insider's Guide: Military Sites
Military Sites to check out in the Valley
MOUNT GULIAN HISTORIC SITE Beacon. 845-831-8172; www.mountgulian.org
Circa 1730 Dutch Colonial overlooking the Hudson was HQ of Gen. von Steuben during final days of Revolution. Native American artifacts, items associated with the Verplanck family and the Society. May–Oct., Wed.-Fri. & Sun. , Dec.-Apr. by appt. Special events.
VAN WYCK HOMESTEAD MUSEUM Fishkill. 845-896-9560
Restored Dutch Colonial housed officers of
CONSTITUTION ISLAND Take the ferry from the south dock at West Point. 845-446-8676; www.constitutionisland.org
Two-hour tour includes boat ride, walking tour of Revolutionary fortifications, guided tour of Warner house (home of 19th-century authors Susan and Anna Warner). May-June, school tours only. July-Sept., open Wed.-Thurs. 1 & $10, $9 seniors and ages 6-16, $3 age 5 & under. Overland access to island via minibus departing from Cold Spring (Putnam) RR station, July-Sept., last Sat. of each month, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Special events planned for each Sat. Call for reservations.
EDMONSTON HOUSE New
HQ of National Temple Hill Association, formed to preserve site of New Windsor Cantonment. Restored 1755 stone house, blacksmith shop, slave quarters. April-Sept. Call for more information.
18th-century house burned in 1779 by Joseph Brant’s Mohawk raiders; rebuilt in 1793. Exhibits on building’s history. 18th-century cooking demonstration last Saturday of each month May-Nov. 14. Starting point for Delaware River Heritage Trail, which connects historic sites in Port Jervis.
FORT MONTGOMERY STATE HISTORIC SITE Fort Montgomery. 845-446-2134
Preserved remains of 14.5-acre fortification attacked by British in October 1777 during American Revolution. Grounds contain earthworks and foundations of barracks and the powder magazine. Suspension bridge crosses Popolopen Creek; spectacular river views.
KNOX’S HEADQUARTERS STATE HISTORIC SITE Vails Gate. 845-561-5498
During Revolution this 1754 structure housed Generals Knox, Gates, and Greene. Tours, Memorial Day–Labor Day, Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Year-round by appt. Grounds, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $3 adults, $2 seniors, children under 12 free.
Last camp of
Museum includes pistols that belonged to George Washington, uniforms, flags, tanks; Visitors Information Center; and the Cadet Chapel. Call for tour times. Adults over 16 must have photo ID. $10, $7 children 2-11.
George Washington and his wife lived in this stone farmhouse from 1782-1783. Furnished period rooms. Guided tours. Adjacent museum features artifacts from the Revolution in the Hudson Valley. Mid-Apr.–Oct., Wed.-Sun. Group reservations year-round. $4 adults, $3 NYS seniors, $1 children 5-11. Special events.
Built in 1942; originally encompassed 1,300 acres and 2,500 buildings. From here, 1.3 million soldiers departed for overseas service in WWII. Quonset hut houses memorabilia, a camp model, vintage training films. Memorial Day-Labor Day, Sat.-Sun. , weekdays by appt.
American Brig. Gen. Anthony Wayne led a victorious midnight assault against British fortifications on July 15, 1779. Musketry, artillery, camp-life demonstrations. Also, the
Circa 1700 house served as Washington’s HQ four times during a visit at the time of the espionage trial of British Maj. John Andre. Museum contains paintings, Washington memorabilia. Open daily.
Built in 1676, destroyed by British in 1777, rebuilt in 1778. Colonial-era Convention of Senators of the State of New York met here. Museum features local artifacts, art by Kingston native John Vanderlyn. Next door, 19th-century Loughran House has occasional exhibits. Apr. 15-Oct. 31, daily except Tuesday. Groups by appt. $4, $3 seniors, children under 12 free.