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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

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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 that he should be king after the war; ended the Newburgh conspiracy, preventing military control of the government; created and awarded the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart; and circulated a letter to State Governors that influenced the writing of the Constitution.

 

Washington's Headquarters Seeks 2017 Woman of History! Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is now accepting nominations for the 2017 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 9th, 2017.

Hours of Operation

  • Museum Hours: Mid-April - Late October

    Wednesday - Saturday, 11am— 5pm Sunday, 1pm—5pm

  • Winter Hours: November – Mid-April

    Fridays and Saturdays, 11AM - 3PM.

    School and group tours are welcome by appointment Tuesday through Thursday, and the site is also open for Special Events during these months.

    Listings for special event programs in December, February and March can be found here Special Events - or by visiting Washington's Headquarters on Facebook

  • School and group tours are welcome by appointment.
    Special programs in December and on Presidents Day Weekend in February.

Fees & Rates

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • Outreach Programs (Off-site)
  • $3 per person
    Additional talk - Add $2 each
  • School Groups Tour & Program
  • $3 per person (min. 10)
    Additional Talk - $2 each
    Talk ONLY - $3 per person (min. 10)
  • Special Events
  • $4 per person
    6 and under - free
  • Tour Admission
  • Adult - $4
    Senior/Student - $3
    12 and under - Free

We provide both onsite and offsite programs appropriate for children and adults, both for recreational, educational and lifelong learning. To learn more, 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, his officers and servants 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 idea that he should be king after the war ended the Newburgh
  • Conspiracy Prevented military control of the government
  • Created and awarded the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart
  • Circulated a letter to State Governors that influenced the writing of the Constitution.
  • Announced the Cessation of Hostilities (Armistice)

Tour Availability

  • Mid-April – October 31st:

    Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is open via guided tour. Wed. through Sat. from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, Sun. 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Tours are offered all day, with the last tour always departing at 4:30 pm.

  • November through mid-April:

    The site is open Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm and services over 200 area schools and organizations. Please call for tour and group availability (845) 562-1195. Fees: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors (62 and above) and Students (with I.D.), Free for children 12 and under. Please call in advance for groups 12 and larger for discounted prices.


Tue 13 Dec
Warm Up At The Washingtons’
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-1195

Visit the Hasbrouck house, decorated for the season, with live music, hot cider and cookies!  Historic Interpreters in every room to answer your questions!  Free thanks to support by Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands.

Wed 28 Dec
A Cure for Cabin Fever
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 until Saturday, December 31, 2016 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
(845) 562-1195

Venture out during this holiday-filled week to Washington's Headquarters.  As you tour the Hasbrouck House amid the holiday decorations, you'll discover that the business of war never stopped.  Take time to explore the Museum, with over 1,300 objects on display. And, as a special treat, participate in our special take-home craft activity, which is free with Museum admission.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
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    • Activities
    • Group Tours (Accessible)
    • Guided Tours (Accessible)
    • Historic House (Accessible)
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)