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 All Cornwall Listings

 Cornwall Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12158, Hudson Highland, Kids Things To Do, Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Wildlife Education, Cornwall, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, center for nature, environmental education, Birthday Parties, Hiking Trails, Nature Camp, Things To Buy for Kids Hudson Highlands - Discovery and Wildlife Center

845-534-5506 
  Hudson Highland Nature Museum offers the Outdoor Discovery Center and the Wildlife Education Center.
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 Cornwall-on-Hudson Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, center for nature, environmental education, educational programs for students, ecology of the Hudson Highlands, Things To Do at Outdoor Discovery Center, Things To Do at Wildlife Education Center Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

845-534-5506 
  Founded in 1959, the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is a center for nature, with a focus on environmental education and a mission to develop responsible caretakers of the natural world. Over the years it has developed quality educational programs for students and the public that focus on the unique ecology of the Hudson Highlands and promote knowledge and appreciation of our natural world.
    Things To Do at Outdoor Discovery Center
    The Outdoor Discover Center is located at 100 Muser Drive (entrance to the center is on Muser Drive across from 174 Angola Road) in Cornwall, NY.

    Things To Do at Wildlife Education Center
    See the Living Hudson Exhibit; a multi-sensory experience full of the flora and fauna native to the Hudson Estuary. Follow the journey as water trickles down a highland creek into a wetland pond. The pond empties into a freshwater stream which then joins the Hudson River Estuary.
Press blue button to learn more about upcoming events, featured programs, and to Meet the Animal of the week. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum  website and more . . .
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 Cuddebackville Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

D&H Canal Park, Museum, Neversink River, history, historic canal-era buildings, archaeological history, Things To Do at D&H Canal Park, Biking, Boat Rides, Cross-Country Skiing, Educational programs kids and adults, Fishing, Nature walks, Park, Playground D&H Canal Park and Neversink Valley Area Museum

845-754-8870 
  D&H Canal Park and the Neversink Valley Area Museum are located in Cuddebackville, Orange County, NY along the banks of the Neversink River. The Neversink Valley Area Museum preserves and documents the history of the peoples and industry of the Neversink and Shawangunk valleys of New York's Catskill region.

The Neversink Valley Area Museum occupies historic canal-era buildings in the D&H Canal Park right on the Neversink River. D&H Canal Park and Neversink Valley Area Museum  website and more . . .
 All Fort Montgomery Listings

 Fort Montgomery Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

10922, History, American Revolution, American Revolutionary War, American War for Independence, War of the Revolution, iron chain, Hudson River Valley, historic ruin, Historic Site, historic trails, historical accounts, historic, Battle of Fort Montgomery American Revolution - Fort Montgomery "State Historic Site"

845-446-2134 
 
Click to enlarge sign about Fort Montgomery in the American Revolution.

Click to enlarge sign about Fort Montgomery in the American Revolution The interpretive sign reads:
Welcome to Fort Montgomery
"You are standing near the western end of Fort Montgomery:
a Revolutionary War fort built to defend the Hudson Highlands
and protect American control of the Hudson River.
On October 6, 1777, the British captured Fort Montgomery
and destroyed it in the days that followed.

"Trails from this parking area lead to two of the fort's redoubts.
The trail that passes beneath the highway will take you to
the Fort Montgomery visitor center and Fort Montgomery's
remains where interpretive signs will help you understand
the history of the fort and the battle."

American Revolution - Fort Montgomery  State Historic Site  photos, website and more . . .

photo, Fort Montgomery, West Redoubt, Fort Montgomery West Redoubt, fort, British, Governor Clinton, battle October 6, 1777,  Loyalist soldiers, British soldiers, British and Loyalist soldiers, Brigadier General George Clinton American Revolution - Fort Montgomery West Redoubt

845-446-2134 
 
Click sign at the Fort Montgomery West Redoubt.

Click to enlarge photo of Sign at Fort Montgomery West Redoubt. The sign reads:
Fort Montgomery's West Redoubt
"Fort Montgomery's West Redoubt was one of three strong points built to defend the fort from an overland attack. New York State's Governor, Brigadier General George Clinton, commanded Fort Montgomery during the battle on October 6, 1777. Clinton ordered his men into the fort's three redoubts, where they were attacked by 900 British and Loyalist soldiers. After mounting a brave resistance, the Americans were driven from the redoubts and were forced to abandon the fort."

American Revolution - Fort Montgomery West Redoubt  website and more . . .

photo, American Revolution, Historic 1777 & 1779 Trails, Fort Montgomery Historic Site, Bear Mountain Bridge, Fort Montgomery Visitor Center, Revolutionary War, Forts Clinton and Montgomery, Stony Point, Continental Army's victories American Revolution - Historic Trail of 1777 & 1779

845-446-2134 
 
Click to enlarge trail marker for the Historic 1777 & 1779 American Revolution Trail.

Click to enlarge photo of Historic 1777 & 1779 American Revolution Trail marker. The sign reads:
The Historic 1777 & 1779 Trails
"You are walking part of the 1777 historic trail that retraces as nearly as possible the routes taken by the British army during the Revolutionary War.
American Revolution - Historic Trail of 1777 & 1779  website and more . . .

10922, photo, Popolopen Creek, Popolopen Footbridge, Orange County, American Revolutionary War, Hudson River, history, Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Appalachian Trail, Bear Mountain Park, American Revolutionary battles Popolopen Suspension Footbridge at Bear Mountain State Park

 
 
Click to enlarge photo of Popolopen Suspension Footbridge.

Click to enlarge photo of Popolopen Suspension Footbridge Popolopen Creek
Popolopen Creek is a stream, mostly fed by Lake Popolopen, Stillwell Lake, and Weyant's Pond, that drains into the Hudson River. In 2002, New York's Governor George Pataki, dedicated a long suspension footbridge that spans Popolopen Creek. The footbridge connects the trail between the twin forts of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton, carrying the Appalachian Trail across Popolopen Creek. Popolopen Suspension Footbridge at Bear Mountain State Park  more . . .
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 Newburgh Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

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Sense Colonists Washington's Headquarters "State Historic Site"

845-562-1195 
  Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is located at 84 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12551 in Orange County.

"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  State Historic Site  website and more . . .
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 Orange County Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

Hudson Highlands, Hudson River is an estuary, things to do in the Hudson Highlands, outdoor activities, fishing, boating, hiking, hike, Hikes, Things To Do, Birding, Bird Watching, Boat Rentals, Boating, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Historic Places Hudson Highlands

 
  Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands.

Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands The sign reads:
"For much of its 315-mile course, the Hudson River flows straight and broad. But at the Highlands, the Appalachian mountain chain intersects the river to create a fifteen mile stretch of rugged, mountainous landscape. This area contains the river's narrowest and deepest points, as well as its fastest currents. The Hudson River is an estuary, a mixture of salt and freshwater, and the saltwater line extends just north of Beacon. The River is tidal all the way up to the Troy Dam above Albany." Hudson Highlands  website and more . . .
 All Tuxedo Park Listings

 Tuxedo Park Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

10987, Tuxedo, NY, Sterling Lake, bird species, Hudson Highlands, biking, fishing, hiking, hunting, birding, Museum, Things To Do at Sterling Forest State Park, Birding, Nature Study, Winter Activities, Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing Sterling Forest State Park

845-351-5907 
  Sterling Forest State Park, a 21,935-acre park, is located at 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY 10987 in Orange County. Sterling Forest State Park offers a nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. This unbroken deep-forest habitat is important for the survival of many resident and migratory species, including black bear, a variety of hawks and songbirds and many rare invertebrates and plants. Hunting, fishing and hiking opportunities are available.

Sterling Forest State Park  website and more . . .
 All Vails Gate Listings

 Vails Gate Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

12584, Historic Site, Orange County, Hudson River Valley, Revolutionary War, military headquarters, General Washington, Hudson River, New York City, fun for the children, children Knox's Headquarters "State Historic Site"

845-561-5498 
  Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site is located at Vails Gate, NY 12584 in Orange County in the Hudson River Valley. On several occasions during the Revolutionary War, Major General Henry Knox, Commander of the America artillery, established his military headquarters at John Ellison's 1754 Georgian-style house in Vails Gate. From October 1782 until the spring of 1783, as 7,000 soldiers and 500 "camp followers" were establishing winter quarters at the New Windsor Cantonment, and General Washington was lodged at Jonathan Hasbrouck's house in Newburgh, New York, Major General Horatio Gates occupied the elegant home from which he commanded the cantonment. Here the army awaited the end of the Revolutionary War that became effective when Washington issued the cease fire orders on April 19, 1783. Knox's Headquarters  State Historic Site  website and more . . .

12584, Historic Site, Orange County, Hudson River Valley, General George Washington, War of Independence, fun for children, kids, children, Attractions, Educational Services, Hiking, Picnic Area, Scenic Views New Windsor Cantonment "State Historic Site"

845-561-1765 
  New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is located at Vails Gate, NY 12584 in Orange County in the Hudson River Valley. In October 1782, General George Washington moved his army to New Windsor, above West Point and just beyond the Hudson Highlands, to establish winter quarters. He was accompanied by 7,000 troops including 500 women and children or "camp followers." By late December 1782, they had erected nearly 600 log huts into a "cantonment," a military enclave. High-ranking officers were quartered in private homes. New Windsor Cantonment  State Historic Site  website and more . . .
 All West Point Listings

 West Point Historic Sites | Historic Hudson Valley

Great Chain, Revolutionary War, Warner family, ruins of the Revolutionary War, points of interest, hiking trails,  history, American site, chaining of the Hudson, Things To Do, Hiking Trails, Historic Site, Warner House, Daily and Weekend Tours Constitution Island

 
  Constitution Island is part of West Point, the United States Military Academy, a National Registered Landmark.

Constitution Island is most famous for the Great Chain that was placed across the Hudson during the Revolutionary War. Constitution Island is also known for the Warner family who lived on the Island during the 19th century. The Warner House and ruins of the Revolutionary War fortifications are the primary points of interest. The Islandís 280 acres are covered with hiking trails that are enjoyed by the Islandís visitors. The Constitution Island Association was founded in 1916 to preserve and protect the history and traditions of this unique American site. Also learn about the chaining of the Hudson. Constitution Island  website and more . . .

Hotels Hudson River Valley Highlands West Point national historic landmark Hudson Valley NY U.S. Military Academy Constitution Island wedding venues Thayer Hotel

800-247-5047 
  Thayer Hotel is located at 674 Thayer Road, West Point, NY 10996 in the Hudson Valley. Set on a hilltop overlooking the majestic Hudson River, The Thayer Hotel at West Point is a national historic landmark located in the heart of the Hudson Valley. The majestic, Gothic-style, granite building sits at the south entrance to the U.S. Military Academy, offering dramatic views of the Hudson River and the Hudson Highlands.

From Thayer: "Experience a true legend among Hudson Valley New York hotels - The Thayer Hotel. As one of the most unique addresses in the world, this landmark West Point New York hotel has been a celebrated part of American history since 1926, when it was established to accommodate U.S. Military Academy personnel and their guests. It is named in honor of Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, superintendent of the Academy from 1817 to 1833, and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Today, this grand hotel blends its rich sense of tradition with all of the modern luxuries and comforts todayís traveler expects. Exquisitely appointed lodging. Superb dining. Elegant yet contemporary conference and wedding venues. All summarily managed and delivered by an impeccably trained staff to ensure an exceptional stay." Thayer Hotel  website and more . . .

10966, West Point, NY, Visiting West Point, U.S. Military Academy, guided tours, tours and prices, West Point Tours, guided tour, Visitors Center, West Point history, Military, News, History, West Point Cemetery West Point Visitors Center

845-446-4724 
  Visiting West Point
West Point is located in West Point, NY 10996, Orange County in the Historic Hudson Valley.

"The Visitors Center provides an excellent central starting point for all visitors to the U.S. Military Academy. The Visitors Center and West Point Museum are open to the general public on a daily basis. Visitors may enter the academy grounds only by guided tours, however, there are no guided tours during Graduation Week, on Football home game days, or on any days the Visitors Center is closed or closes early. Tours may be cancelled at any time. It is strongly recommended that visitors call the Visitors Center, (845) 938-2638 the week they are traveling to West Point to check on the status of the tours." West Point Visitors Center  website and more . . .

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Historic Sites in Orange County
Historic Hudson Valley
New York



Orange County, one of the ten counties in the Historic Hudson Valley is located in the mid-Hudson Valley, on the west side of the Hudson River. Orange borders Ulster County on it's northern border and Rockland County on its southern border. Visit Orange and find several Historic Sites and Historic Battlefields of the American Revolution. Learn about Fort Montgomery in the American Revolution, the Historic Trail of 1777 & 1779 in the American Revolution, and West Point, whose role in history dates back to the Revolutionary War.

Orange County historic sites include Fort Washington's Headquarters and the United States Military Academy of West Point, both historic landmarks and critical in American Revolutionary history.

The Historic Hudson Valley has been designated a National Heritage Area extending from Albany in the upper-Hudson Valley to northern New York City, just south of Westchester County in the lower-Hudson Valley. This area contains a rich collection of nationally significant cultural and historical sites that are set against the beautiful landscapes of the valley. The period from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War is well represented.

The Historic Hudson Valley abounds with the history of a new nation. Visit historic sites where much of American history was born. Experience history as it was lived in the homes of presidents, signers of the Declaration of Independence, and leaders of industry that shaped much of America. Go back in time to the American Revolutionary War and walk the battleground in Fort Montgomery, where American patriots lived and fought during the American Revolution.

Plan an educational vacation in the Hudson Valley. Find many fun things to do with kids while experiencing history in the Hudson Valley. For the best family vacation, visit the Historic Hudson Valley. Spend your days exploring history, natural beauty, and art as interpreted and painted by the Hudson River School of Artists. Relax in the breathtaking landscapes that are part of the inherent beauty of the valley.

The Historic Hudson Valley, comprised of ten counties, is generally referenced as three geographic areas: the lower-Hudson Valley, mid-Hudson Valley, and upper-Hudson Valley. These counties all bank the Hudson River on either the east or west side of the river. The Hudson River runs through five counties to the east and five counties to the west of the river, as seen in this Hudson River Valley Map.

The mid-Hudson Valley is comprised of Putnam and Dutchess County on the east side of the Hudson River and Orange and Ulster County on the west side. Learn about the history of the mid-Hudson Valley by visiting historic homes, historic districts, and see the art and collections of prominent and influential Americans.

Visit Fort Montgomery, where American patriots fought an early American Revolution battle to hold the Hudson River. Find the best attractions for kids and the whole family, with many sites offering fun activities for kids. Learn about the War of the Revolution (1775 to 1783) by visiting sites and battlegrounds of the war. Discover more about the American Revolution in Orange County.

Orange County Historic Sites include
    Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
    Visit Washington's Headquarters located at 84 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12551 in Orange County. Visit Washington's Headquarters, 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."

    Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site
    Knox's Headquarters is located at Vails Gate, NY 12584 in Orange County. On several occasions during the Revolutionary War, Major General Henry Knox, Commander of the America artillery, established his military headquarters at John Ellison's 1754 Georgian-style house in Vails Gate. From October 1782 until the spring of 1783, as 7,000 soldiers and 500 'camp followers' were establishing winter quarters at the New Windsor Cantonment, and General Washington was lodged at Jonathan Hasbrouck's house in Newburgh, New York, Major General Horatio Gates occupied the elegant home from which he commanded the cantonment. Here the army awaited the end of the Revolutionary War that became effective when Washington issued the cease fire orders on April 19, 1783.

    Fort Montgomery Historic Site
    Fort Montgomery is located in Fort Montgomery, NY 10922 in the historic Hudson River Valley. "Fort Montgomery was the scene of a fierce battle for control of the Hudson River during the American Revolutionary War; the Hudson was considered strategic by both the Americans and the British during the American War for Independence. Today, Fort Montgomery stands as an archeological site and a historic ruin."

    Fort Montgomery's West Redoubt
    "Fort Montgomery's West Redoubt was one of three strong points built to defend the fort from an overland attack. New York State's Governor, Brigadier General George Clinton, commanded Fort Montgomery during the battle on October 6, 1777. Clinton ordered his men into the fort's three redoubts, where they were attacked by 900 British and Loyalist soldiers. After mounting a brave resistance, the Americans were driven from the redoubts and were forced to abandon the fort."

    Constitution Island
    Constitution Island is part of West Point, the United States Military Academy, a National Registered Landmark. Constitution Island is most famous for the Great Chain that was placed across the Hudson during the Revolutionary War. Constitution Island is also known for the Warner family who lived on the Island during the 19th century. The Warner House and ruins of the Revolutionary War fortifications are the primary points of interest. The Islandís 280 acres are covered with hiking trails. The Constitution Island Association was founded in 1916 to preserve and protect the history and traditions of this unique American site. Learn about the chaining of the Hudson, an attempt to keep the British from controlling the Hudson River.

The Historic Hudson Valley is flush with beautiful parks and magnificent scenic opportunities. Most parks offer picnic tables, some with views over the Hudson River. Find a park that is conveniently located and enjoy a picnic in the park.

Plan a Manhattan-getaway, or plan a two-week vacation exploring history in the Hudson Valley. Take a leap back in time and visit the Historic Hudson Valley where you can place yourself in the homes and estates of presidents such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and titans of industry such as John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan, all contributing to the development and growth of America in one way or another.

Plan a vacation filled with history. Visit the Historic Hudson Valley of New York. Learn about the American Revolution, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and the beginning of a new nation. Visitors of all ages can explore and delight in the story of the birth of the United States as they tour historic places of interest.

The Historic Hudson Valley, steeped in history, overflows with natural beauty. See the lakes, the mountains, and magnificent landscapes of the valley. Visit the farmer's markets, and the pick-your-own fields of vegetables and fruit. Many Hudson Valley farms are part of the burgeoning sustainable and organic movement, so Pick-Your-Own fruit and vegetables and have a healthy picnic made from the produce of a local Hudson Valley farm.

Orange County Parks
Sterling Forest State Park, a 21,935-acre park, is located at 116 Old Forge Road, Tuxedo, NY 10987 in Orange County. Enjoy a picnic at Sterling Forest offering wonderful activities and things to do at the park.

If you plan on eating out in Orange County, find many excellent places to eat in the villages and towns of Orange County. Enjoy waterfront dining along the Hudson Shores of Orange County.

For a selection of restaurants offering waterfront dining in Orange County, select restaurants with Waterfront dining and enjoy a meal overlooking the water, while eating out in Newburgh.



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