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
Winter hours: From November 1, 2015 to April 15, 2016, the grounds are open weekdays only from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weather and staffing permitting.
The Museum is closed.
The site reopens April 15, 2016.
Group (school, scout and organizations,) tours are available. Information can be found here.
April 15 – October 31, 2016: The 18th century living history military camp is open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m., staffing and weather permitting.
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.
Access to the Battlefield is free to visitors during regular hours. Some program fees for tours and evening events are charged, please call the site for information.
Battlefield Tours, Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm: A member of the staff will conduct a one hour walking tour of the Battlefield. Tour departs from museum patio, weather and staffing permitting. Free tour, but donations are appreciated.
Group Tours: For organized group (school, scout 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 months in advance for school visits and three weeks in advance for scout and organizations to book a tour of the Battlefield. Fees apply.
A large portion of the British Troops that pushed up the Hudson Valley in the Spring of 1779 were Provincial, or Loyalists. Receiving the same pay, clothing, & arms as the British regulars, these American-raised units proved their worth to King George III time after time. Join historian and author Todd Braisted as he offers a brief view into the Loyalists involved in the capture of Stony and Verplank's Points and elsewhere along the Hudson in 1779.
Reservations are requested for this program. (Limited seating available) Please call the museum office, Wednesday through Sunday, for reservations and information: 845-786-2521
Join the 2nd New York as they demonstrate how an American unit in the first year of the American Revolution, 1775, would march, drill, charge bayonets, and fire in unison. The 2nd New York will set up a small camp and engage with visitors between drill sessions, explaining camp life, material culture, and the fascinating history of the regiment in the uncertain early part of the American Revolution.
No Admission Fee
Please call the museum office, Wednesday through Sunday, for information: 845-786-2521.
The Battle of Stony Point was a great victory for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Learn about the daring assault on the British garrison as you walk through the actual battleground at dusk with a uniformed guide. The sounds of musket and cannon fire punctuate the atmosphere as night falls, bringing the story of the American victory alive.
Fee $5.00 adults, $4.00 children (10 and over only) and seniors.44 Battlefield Road, PO Box 182, Stony Point, NY 10980
By advance reservation only, call 845-786-2521