historic site Information
Stony Point Battlefield is the site of the July 15-16, 1779 Storming of Stony Point by American General Anthony Wayne and the Continental Corps of Light Infantry. This daring midnight assault on the British fortifications by bayonet point surprised the British and seized the fort.
Stony Point is also home to the first lighthouse built on the Hudson River. Opened in December of 1826, a few years after the opening of the Erie Canal, the Lighthouse guided mariners through the narrow pass between Stony and Verplanck’s Points until 1925. In its 99 years, only one vessel ran aground, with no reported fatalities – a testament to the vigilance of the lightkeepers, notably Nancy Rose, who tended the light for over 50 years.
Today, the grounds of Stony Point are a beautiful mix of woods and tended lawns, with commanding panoramic views of the Hudson River looking north to the Hudson Highlands and south to Haverstraw Bay. Visitors can visit the museum, walk through our living history military camp, watch as our reproduction 6 pounder cannon fires or watch as uniformed interpreters fire muskets. Signs are strategically placed around the site so visitors may conduct a self-guided walking tour. Step back in time and march in the footsteps of Wayne and his soldiers as they charged up the hill and stand with the lightkeepers as they watched over the thousands of ships passing Stony Point every year, protecting our nation’s commerce.
The Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site is open from Mid-April until October 31st. The museum is OPEN Wednesday - Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM and CLOSED on Monday and Tuesday. The grounds are open daily, Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: the site closes and the gates are locked daily at 5:00 PM. Winter grounds-only hours are Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and the site is closed on weekends.
44 Battlefield Rd.
Stony Point, NY 10980
Things to do and see
Scenic river views
Guided tours by appointment
Significant historical features
Living history camp on weekends
Picnic areas, no fire or BBQ
Partially handicap accessible