Description - As the site of a Revolutionary War battle, the Stony Point Battle was intended to end the war. General George Washington recaptured the point after British control and fortification. Three days after the battle, Washington and his troops abandoned the site prior to Britain's return with both army and navy forces.
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Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
A lighthouse was erected on this peninsula in 1826. It guided many Hudson River vessels for nearly 100 years. The lighthouse has recently been restored and is open for tours mid-April through October 31st. Magnificent Hudson Valley views may be seen from this peninsula.
- The British had captured the peninsula of Stony Point in May 1779, and began to fortify it by erecting an earthen fort and two barriers called abatis. Sir Henry Clinton garrisoned Stony Point and Verplanck's Point with about 1,000 men to protect the King's Ferry, which crossed the Hudson River between the two posts. Clinton then launched raids against Connecticut coastal towns, in a continuing attempt to lure Washington into battle.
General Washington devised a plan for Brigadier General Anthony Wayne and his Corps of Light Infantry to lead a surprise midnight assault against Stony Point. The heaviest fighting lasted half an hour, and by 1 a.m. the British garrison had surrendered. Three days later, Washington abandoned Stony Point because he knew it could not be defended against the combined might of the British army and navy.
The victory at Stony Point was the last major battle in the north. Of the 11 decorations for bravery awarded by Congress during the Revolutionary War, three American officers were presented with medals for their bravery in this battle. Clinton's plan to defeat the Continentals and end the war had failed.
The oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River, built on the grounds of Stony Point Battlefield in 1826, has guided vessels for nearly 100 years. Visitors to Stony Point Battlefield today can enter the recently restored lighthouse for a magnificent view of the Hudson Valley.
Recreation - Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site offers period costumed interpreters, demonstrations, educational services, group tours with advance notice, guided and self-guided tours, picnicking, scenic views, interpretive signs and visitor center / museum. The site is open Mid-April to October 31, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The site is open during summer holidays. Admission fee charged for special events only.
Climate - The historic site experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (around 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The central Catskills receive the highest precipitation.
Stony Point Battlefield lies on the western shore of Hudson River a half mile north of Main Street in Stony Point. Access is via US 9W.