Stony Point Battlefield is an American Revolutionary War state historic site and museum overlooking the Hudson River.
At midnight on July 16, 1779, Brigadier General Anthony Wayne led his corps of Continental Light Infantry in a daring surprise attack on the British. In the dark, they crept up the steep bluff from the Hudson River, armed only with bayonets. When the attack was over, his troops had seized the site’s fortifications and taken British soldiers and camp followers prisoner.
The war for American independence had raged for four years by then. Both sides were weary and kinda just wanted it to be over. The British Commander-In-Chief attempted to coerce General George Washington into one decisive battle to control the Hudson River — the Stony Point fortifications were part of the British strategy to control the river. But the British had underestimated the abilities of the colonists. The successful American attack destroyed the British control over the strategically important waterway.
You’ll often find at the battlefield reenactment actors; musket, cannon and living history demonstrations, as well as demonstrations of cooking, black-smithing or more. The site features a museum, which offers exhibits on the battle and the Stony Point Lighthouse. This is a definite place to visit for adults and children.
Stony Point Battlefield lies on a bluff high above the Hudson River. As you walk the paths through the battlefield, you’ll encountered beautiful sweeping views of the river below.
Know Before You Go
The Stony Point Lighthouse that guided ships and barges from the late 1800s to early 1900s is also located here. Walking the Stony Point Battlefield is fairly easy and on paths. Handicap parking on the upper section of the hill offers easy access. Keep in mind that the battlefield is a cemetery to fallen soldiers; bikes, pets and vehicles are not allowed past a certain point.
Getting there: 44 Battlefield Rd, Stony Point, NY
Hours: The park maintains winter hours between October and mid-April. Please check the website below for the park’s hours for the appropriate season.
Website: the state park
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