Description - The Hasbrouck property was the first publicly operated historic site in the United States. In 1850, the state of New York purchased the property to commemorate April 1782 through August 1783 when General George Washington used this site as his Continental Army headquarters. The site is open mid-April through October. Groups by advance reservation.
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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
- From April 1782 to August 1783, General George Washington, commander in chief of the Continental Army, made his military headquarters and residence at the Hasbrouck family's fieldstone farmhouse in Newburgh. Washington's Headquarters is located 12 miles north of the forts and river obstructions at West Point.
The Hasbrouck property, acquired and opened by the State of New York in 1850, was the first publicly operated historic site in the United States. Today, an audio-visual program and museum exhibits of artifacts recall the events during 1782-83, when Washington's army stood ready for battle until the final days of the Revolution. In the Hasbrouck house, furnishings, personal effects and reproductions recreate the daily lives of the general, his wife, his officers, slaves and servants during their 16 month stay.
Recreation - Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site offers audio-visual programs, educational services, guided tours, picnicking, scenic views and a visitor center / museum. Groups are by advance reservation. Many of the amenities are handicapped accessible. The historic site is open mid-April through October, Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. It is also open Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Columbus Day. Admission is $3.00 adults, $2.00 NYS senior citizens and $1.00 children ages 5-12. Children under 5 admitted free. Cost for group tours is $2.00 adults and $1.00 students.
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.
Washington's Headquarters is located on the western side of the Hudson River in Newburgh. The site is located at Liberty and Washington Streets.