historic site Information

The Cantonment was a thriving community of 8,000 of General George Washington's soldiers, their wives and children, and hundreds of skilled artisans and medical personnel, who together spent the final winter of the Revolutionary War encamped in the Hudson Valley. The term "cantonment" referred to a more permanent post than a tent camp, and at New Windsor it consisted of nearly 600 log huts built by the soldiers and private homes in the area that played host to Major Generals. It is at this site that instead of receiving orders to return to the battlefield, the orders announced on April 19, 1783 proclaimed the cease-fire that ended the Revolutionary War.

The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site has been named as a significant stop on the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Revolutionary War trail.

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is closed holidays except President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Costumed living history demonstrations mid-April – end of October, Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM & Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 PM. The visitor center is open except for the above mentioned holidays and Mondays from January to end of March year round, Monday – Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 PM. 



374 Temple Hill Rd.

New Windsor, NY 12553


(845) 561-1765, ext. 22

(845) 561-1765


Things to do and see

  • Living history

  • Special family programs

  • Significant historical features

  • Museum

  • Special commemorative programs