Step Back in Time at Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

Fort Montgomery

Nestled high above the Hudson River, Fort Montgomery State Historic Site was the site of a fierce Revolutionary War battle. Here, the Americans and British fought for control of the Hudson River.

From centuries-old Revolutionary War artifacts to breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley, you’ll discover a rich heritage and a unique glimpse into America’s past. The fort also offers hiking trails, guided tours and educational programs, making it a great daytrip destination.

Nowadays, the state park system has stabilized the remaining ruins, and opened Fort Montgomery to the public as a park with trails, interpretive programs, events and exhibits. Here, you can take in beautiful views of the Hudson Valley while learning about the fort’s strategic significance during the Revolutionary War. Well-placed signage help you understand the ruins, what they were used for and picture the buildings as they were originally built.

Strategic Importance

Named for the Revolutionary War hero General Richard Montgomery, the Continental Army built Fort Montgomery in 1776. Situated strategically along the river, Fort Montgomery formed a line of defense preventing the British from advancing up the Hudson River valley. The Army also conceived a major engineering project to effectively blockade any naval traffic headed north on the river. In 1776, the Continental Army stretched a chain and boom across the river. In fact, this chain served as a water hazard, preventing ships intent on going further north.

On October 6, 1777, British, Loyalist and Hessian forces attacked Fort Montgomery and adjacent Fort Clinton. The defending Americans, outnumbered 3 to 1, fought desperately until driven out at the points of the enemy bayonets. Sadly, the British killed, wounded or captured more than half of the American forces.

If you’re planning a trip to Fort Montgomery State Historic Site this summer, bring your camera and be prepared to step back in time! From learning about the fort’s role in the Revolutionary War to taking in the breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley, you’re sure to leave with an appreciation for our country’s history and the heroes who fought for America’s freedom.

Know Before You Go

There are many other activities and attractions in the area around Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. Visitors can take a trip down the Hudson River by boat, tour West Point Academy and the nearby mansions, visit Bear Mountain State Park for hiking and swimming, explore art galleries and antiques stores, and sample local wineries in the area. In addition, visitors can enjoy various museums, historical sites, and festivals year-round in Orange County and the Hudson Valley.

Getting there: 690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery, NY
Hours: open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
Website: Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

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