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                                                      State of New York                                                  The Official Guide to
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                                                      David A. Paterson, Governor
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OFFICE OF PARKS




                                       PRESERVATION




                  NEW YORK STATE
                                                      NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
                                                      Carol Ash, Commissioner
                                                                                                                      New York State Historic Sites
nysparks.com                                          An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Agency                    & State Historic Parks
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                                               Front and back cover (clockwise from upper left):
                                               Olana, Ganondagan (Jack Kidd, Photographer),
                                               Lorenzo, Washington’s Headquarters, and Crown Point.   Western NY/ Finger Lakes                       (pp. 2–3)
                                                                                                       1. Old Fort Niagara                    3. Ganondagan
                                                                                                          State Historic Site                    State Historic Site
                                                                                                       2. Darwin Martin House                 4. Sonnenberg Gardens &
                                                                                                          State Historic Site                    Mansion State Historic Park
Fort Ontario State Historic Site




                                                                                                      Central /1,000 Islands                 (pp. 4–7)
                                                                                                       5. Fort Ontario                        9. Old Erie Canal
                                                                                                          State Historic Site                    State Historic Park
                                                                                                       6. Sackets Harbor Battlefield         10. Lorenzo
                                                                                                          State Historic Site                    State Historic Site
                                                                                                       7. Steuben Memorial                   11. Hyde Hall
                                                                                                          State Historic Site                    State Historic Site
                                                                                                       8. Oriskany Battlefield               12. Herkimer Home
                                                                                                          State Historic Site                    State Historic Site

                                                                                                      Capital District / North County                      (pp. 8–11)
                                                                                                      13. Johnson Hall                       17. Schoharie Crossing
                                                                                                          State Historic Site                    State Historic Site
                                                                                                      14. John Brown Farm                    18. Bennington Battlefield


           explore the                                                                                    State Historic Site
                                                                                                      15. Crown Point
                                                                                                          State Historic Site
                                                                                                                                                 State Historic Site
                                                                                                                                             19. Schuyler Mansion
                                                                                                                                                 State Historic Site
                                   extraordinary                                                      16. Grant Cottage
                                                                                                          State Historic Site
                                                                                                                                             20. Crailo
                                                                                                                                                 State Historic Site
                                   New York’s historic and cultural places tell the
                                   story of our rich heritage. Meet the poets and                     Hudson River Valley                   (pp. 12–19)
                                                                                                      21. Olana State Historic Site          29. New Windsor Cantonment
                                                                                                                                                 State Historic Site
                                   artists, soldiers and sailors, leaders and heroes,
                                                                                                      22. John Burroughs Memorial
                                   and families and local residents who helped
                                                                                                          State Historic Site                    National Purple Heart
                                   to shape our great state and nation.                                                                          Hall of Honor
                                                                                                      23. Clermont State Historic Site
                                                                                                                                             30. Fort Montgomery
                                                                                                      24. Senate House                           State Historic Site
                                                                                                          State Historic Site
                                   Experience the many facets of
                                                                                                                                             31. John Jay Homestead
                                                                                                      25. Staatsburgh State Historic Site
                                   New York State history through
                                                                                                                                                 State Historic Site
                                                                                                      26. Clinton House
                                   storytelling, exhibits, musical
                                                                                                                                             32. Stony Point Battlefield
                                   performances, dancing, crafts,                                         State Historic Site                    State Historic Site
                                   cooking demonstrations,                                        27. Washington’s Headquarters
                                                                             zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/                               33. Old Croton Aqueduct
                                   military drills, and encamp-                                           State Historic Site                    State Historic Park
                                   ments. Enjoy walking on                                            28. Knox’s Headquarters                34. Philipse Manor Hall
                                                                                                          State Historic Site                    State Historic Site
                                   nature trails, riding along
                                   scenic bike paths, or                                              New York City / Long Island                         (pp. 19–20)
                                                                                                      35. Planting Fields Arboretum          36. Caumsett
                                                                                                          State Historic Park &                  State Historic Park
                                   picnicking on beautiful
                                                                                                          Coe Hall House Museum
                                                                                                                                             37. Walt Whitman Birthplace
                                   grounds. There are countless
                                   ways to explore our past.                                                                                     State Historic Site
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                                                                                                                                Ganondagan               3
                                                                                                                                Visit the site of a major 17th-century
                                                                                                                                Seneca town and its massive gran-
                                                                                                                                ary. See a full-size replica of a
                                                                                                                                bark longhouse, explore the site’s
                                                                                                                                interpretive trails, and learn about
                                                                                                                                the history of the Seneca peo-
                                                                                                                                ple, their customs and beliefs,
                                                         Old Fort Niagara              1                                        and the destruction of their
                                                                                                                                thriving community, known
                                                         Throughout its history, this       Robert Moses State Parkway
                                                                                                                                as the “Town of Peace,” in 1687.
                                                         fort has been associated with Youngstown, NY 14174
                                                         major military conflicts. Built (716) 745-7611                          The site is open year-round, the visitor
                                                         by the French in 1724, it was www.oldfortniagara.org                    center is open from May through
                                                                                                                                 October, and special events are held
                                                         later occupied and expanded by Great Britain and                        throughout the year; call for information.
                                                         the United States. Strategically located at the mouth
                                                         of the Niagara River, the fort controlled access to                    1488 State Route 444, Victor, NY 14564
                                                                                                                                (585) 924-5848 • www.ganondagan.org
                                                         the Great Lakes and the westward route to the North
                                                         American frontier. Tour the fort, explore the visitor
                                                         center, and enjoy special programs.                                 Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion                            4
                                                          Operated by the nonprofit Old Fort Niagara Association,            Stroll amid the splendors of Sonnenberg’s breath-
                                                          the site is open year-round; call for details.                     taking grounds and admire some of the region’s
                                                                                                                             finest gardens. Discover the beauty and tranquility
                                                         Darwin Martin House                  2                              of the Thompson family’s magnificent estate,
                                                         Tour one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most celebrated                    which was created during the late 19th and early
                                                         Prairie style homes. Constructed in the early 1900s                 20th centuries and features     151 Charlotte Street
                                                         for the Martin family, the house features Wright’s                  a spectacular main house,       Canandaigua, NY 14424

                                                         signature low, horizontal design and free-flowing                   distinguished outbuildings, (585) 394-4922
                                                         plan. The property, which includes several intercon-                and an exquisite landscape. www.sonnenberg.org
                                                                                        nected buildings and                  Operated by the nonprofit Sonnenberg Gardens, the property is
                                                                                        landscape features,                   open from mid-May through mid-October and hosts a variety of
                                                                                        is being meticulously                 special events; the park is also home to the Finger Lakes Wine
                                                                                                                              Center; call for information.
                                                                                        restored to its original
                                                                                        appearance.
Photograph by Biff Henrich, Keystone Film Productions.




                                                                                                  Operated by the nonprofit
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                                                                                                  Martin House Restoration
                                                                                                  Corporation, the site is
                                                                                                  open year-round; call for
                                                                                                  information.

                                                                                               125 Jewett Parkway
                                                                                               Buffalo, NY 14214

                                                                                               (716) 856-3858
                                                                                               www.darwinmartinhouse.org


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                                                                                Steuben Memorial                     7
                                                                                Journey to the bucolic site
                                                                                that was the late 18th-
                                                                                century country retreat
                                                                                of Baron von Steuben,
                                                                                who played a central
                                                                                role in strengthening
                                                                                American troops dur-
                                                                                ing the Revolutionary
                                                                                War. See a replica of
    Fort Ontario          5                                                     the simple log cabin
    Explore the impressive 19th-century 1 East 4th Street                       where he summered after
    fort that overlooks the Oswego        Oswego, NY 13126                      the war and visit his nearby
    River and Lake Ontario. From the (315) 343-4711                             grave, which is set in      Major-General Baron Frederick William August

    French and Indian War through         www.fortontario.com                   a peaceful grove.           von Steuben (1730–1794), by Ralph Earl, 1786.
                                                                                                            Courtesy Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY.

    World War II, the fort has played an important role                           Operated by the National Park Service, the site is open mid-
    in American military history. See exhibits in the                             April through early-December; tours, interpretive programs,
    Enlisted Men’s barracks, enjoy the scenic grounds,                            and special events are offered; call for information.
    and visit the nearby nonprofit Safe Haven Museum,                            Starr Hill Road, Remsen, NY 13438 • (315) 338-7730
                                                                                 (Fort Stanwix National Monument Visitor Center)
    which interprets the post’s significance as a refugee
    center for victims of the Holocaust.
     Open May through October; call for details.
                                                                                    Oriskany Battlefield                    8

    Sackets Harbor Battlefield                     6                  Come to Oriskany to pay tribute to
    Visit the command center of American naval and                    the soldiers who fought courageously
    military operations on Lake Ontario during the War                to advance America’s fight for free-
    of 1812. Find out how Americans held their ground                 dom. Recall Brigadier General
    here during a surprise attack by British forces in May            Herkimer’s heroic efforts in 1777 to
    1813. See the 19th-century Navy Yard once occu-                   lead his army during a surprise attack
    pied by commandants and their families. Relax on                  by British and Loyalist troops and
                                     the picturesque                  their Native American allies. Tour the
                                     grounds and delight              site, view interpretive displays, and
                                     in breathtaking                  see the imposing memorial, which
                                     views of the lake.               was built in the 1880s to commemo-
                                                                      rate those who sacrificed their lives
                                       Grounds open year-round;
                                              demonstrations,
                                                                      during this brutal battle.
                                       tours, zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/
                                              exhibits, and special pro-
                                              grams are offered mid-May
                                              through mid-October; call               Operated by the National Park Service,
                                              for information.                        the site is open mid-April through early-
                                                                                      December; call for information.
                                             504 West Main Street
                                             Sackets Harbor, NY 13685               7801 State Route 69, Oriskany, NY 13424

                                             (315) 646-3634                         (315) 338-7730 (Fort Stanwix National
                                             www.sacketsharborbattlefield.org       Monument Visitor Center)



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                                                                      Hyde Hall          11
                                                                      Experience the grandeur of the Clarke family’s
                                                                      stunning early 19th-century country estate. Tour
                                                                      their spectacular
                                                                      classical style house
                                                                      set on a knoll over-
                                                                      looking tranquil
                                                                      Otsego Lake. The
                                                                      house’s fine archi-
                             9
                                                                      tectural details,
    Old Erie Canal                                                    lavish rooms, and
    Discover the many recreational       Andrus Road
                                                                      picturesque grounds
    opportunities awaiting you at this Kirkville, NY 13082            recall the promi-
    scenic park. Located along the his- (315) 687-7821                nence of this influ-
    toric Erie Canal, the 36-mile-long park runs from                 ential family.
    west of Green Lakes State Park to just outside the
    city of Rome and offers hiking, biking, picnicking,                Operated by the non-
    horseback riding, canoeing, and kayaking. The park                 profit Hyde Hall, Inc.,
    also links the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat                      the site is open mid-
                                                                       May through October;
    Museum, the Erie Canal Village, and the Canastota                  call for details.
                                                                                                 Mill Road, Springfield, NY 13468
                                                                                                 (607) 547-5098 • www.hydehall.org
    Canal Town Museum.
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     Open year-round.
                                                                      Herkimer Home
                     10
                                                                      Tour the late    18th-centuryhome of Brigadier
      Lorenzo                                                         General Nicholas Herkimer, a prosperous farmer
      Delight in the magnificent estate that com-                     and businessman who became a hero during the
      munity founder John Lincklaen created in                        Battle of Oriskany in 1777. Seriously wounded
      1807. Tour the splendid Neoclassical mansion                    during the battle, he later died at home. Stop at
      with its elegant rooms, stroll through formal                   the visitor center, visit Herkimer’s grave, enjoy
      gardens and picturesque grounds, and admire                     views of the Mohawk River, and 200 State Route 169
      panoramic views of                                              hike or bike along the nearby         Little Falls, NY 13365
      beautiful Cazenovia Lake.                                       Erie Canalway Trail.                  (315) 823-0398
      Through exhibits, interpretive
                                                                 Open mid-May through October; call for information.
      programs, and special events,
      experience the life and
      times of the Lincklaen/
      Ledyard family.                     zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/
        Grounds open year-round;
        mansion, visitor center, and museum
        shop are open May through October;
        call for information.


       17 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia, NY 13035
       (315) 655-3200 • www.lorenzoNY.org



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                                                                      Crown Point               15
                                                                      Come explore the remains of                      21 Grandview Drive
                                                                      the 18  th-century French fort                   Crown Point, NY 12928

                                                                      and the impressive ruins of the (518) 597-4666
                                                                      adjacent fort
                                                                      built by the
                                                                      British. Find
                                                                      out how
                                                                      American
    Johnson Hall          13                                          rebels briefly
    See the grand   18th-century estate   139 Hall Avenue             captured the
    of Sir William Johnson, one of the Johnstown, NY 12095            British fort at
                                          (518) 762-8712              the begin-
    Mohawk Valley’s most influential
    European settlers. As the British-appointed                       ning of the
    Superintendent of Indian Affairs, he forged benefi-               Revolu-
    cial relationships with Native American leaders,                  tionary War                          th
                                                                                             Late 18 –century British uniform button found on site.

    helping to stabilize the region. Tour his Georgian                and took a large number of cannons to aid the
    style mansion, explore the picturesque grounds,                   American cause. Stop at the visitor center, join in
    and imagine what it was like to be a guest in the                 special events, bring a picnic, and enjoy spectacular
    bustling Johnson family household.                                views of Lake Champlain.
     Open May through October; programs and events are offered;         Open May through October; call for details.
     call for information.
                                                                      Grant Cottage                  16
                                                                      Visit the mountaintop retreat where Ulysses S.
      John Brown Farm                14
                                                                      Grant came to write his memoirs and where he
      Take a journey to the heart of the Adirondacks                  died on July 23, 1885. The cottage remains as it
      to see the farm of John Brown, one of the                       was when Grant and his family stayed there.
               nation’s most famous 19th-century                      Guided tours poignantly recall Grant’s final days
                 abolitionists. He became a martyr to                 on Mt. McGregor. Stop at the visitor center and
                   the cause after his assault on the                 enjoy spectacular
                         U.S. Arsenal at Harper’s                     views of the
                           Ferry in 1859. Visit the                   Hudson Valley.
                           farmhouse and his grave,                Operated by the
                            relax on the grounds, and              nonprofit Friends
                            take in breathtaking views             of Ulysses S. Grant
                                                                   Cottage, the site is
                            of the High Peaks.
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                                                                   open mid-May
                                  Grounds open year-round;             through mid-October;
                                  house open May through               special programs and
                                  October; interpretive programs       events are offered;
                                  available; call for information.     call for details.
                                                                                                                                                      Courtesy Library of Congress.

                                                                       Mt. McGregor Road
                                 115 John Brown Road                   Wilton, NY 12831
                                 Lake Placid, NY 12946
                                                                       (518) 587-8277
                                 (518) 523-3900                        www.grantcottage.org


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                                                                                Schuyler Mansion            19
                                                                                Visit the elegant home of Revolutionary War
                                                                                Major-General Philip Schuyler and his wife
                                                                                Catharine. See the stylish rooms and experience
                                                                                how one of 18th-century Albany’s wealthiest and
                                                                                most influential families lived. The Schuylers’
                                                                                house was the hub of local society, and the
                                                                                family hosted key political and military figures.
                                                                                Stop at the visitor center, view exhibits, enjoy
                                                                                           a tour, and participate in a variety
     Schoharie Crossing                 17                                                     of special programs and events.
     Marvel at one of the Erie Canal’s 129 Schoharie Street                                                      Grounds open year-round;
     largest aqueducts and explore the off NYS Route 5S                                                          the house and visitor
                                            Fort Hunter, NY 12069
     impressive locks that are preserved                                                                         center are open mid-
                                                                                                                 April through October;
     at this picturesque site. Trace the (518) 829-7516                                                          call for information.
     history of the canal in the visitor center, view
                                                                                                                    32 Catherine Street
     exhibits at the canal store, and enjoy a variety of                                                            Albany, NY 12202
     special programs and recreational activities, includ-                                                          (518) 434-0834
     ing hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing, and boating.
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     The site’s scenic pathways connect to the Erie
     Canalway Trail.                                                         Crailo
                                                                             Come to this museum of colonial Dutch heritage in
      Grounds open year-round; tours, programs, and facilities are
      available May through October; call for information.                   the Hudson River Valley. Housed in the 18th-century
                                                                             home of Hendrick van Rensselaer, the museum tells
     Bennington Battlefield                  18                              the story of these early European settlers, their impact
     See the site of a Revolutionary War battle fought                       on local customs and culture, and how they lived
     in August 1777. British troops were defeated here on                    together with the region’s Native American people.
                                      their way to capture                   Enjoy a variety of engaging exhibits and see an
                                      American storehouses in                impressive collection of local       91⁄2 Riverside Avenue
                                      Bennington, Vermont.                   treasures, including rare archae-    Rensselaer, NY 12144

                                      This American victory                  ological artifacts.                  (518) 463-8738

                                      played an important             Open mid-April through October and by appointment;
                                      role in forcing a British       call for information.
                                      surrender on October
                                      17, 1777, in Saratoga.
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                                      View interpretive
                                      signs, enjoy the scenery,
      Route 67, Walloomsac, NY 12090  and stop at the visitor
      (518) 686-8266 (visitor center) center in the nearby
      (518) 279-1155 (general info—   Barnett House.
      Grafton Lakes State Park)

      Open mid-May through October; the visitor center is operated by the
      Town of Hoosick; special programs are offered; call for information.



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                                                                                                           Clermont           23
                                                                                                           Explore the elegant estate of the distinguished
                                                                                                           Livingston family. Chancellor Robert R. Livingston
                                                                                                           helped to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase and
                                                                                                           collaborated with Robert Fulton
                                                                                                           on inventing the world’s first
                                                                                                           practical steam-powered boat,
                                                                                                           which docked at Clermont
                                                                                                           on its maiden voyage. Stop
                                                                                                           at the visitor center, tour
                                 Olana      21                                                             the mansion, and enjoy
                                                                                                           the picturesque grounds,
                                 Delight in the exotic beauty of the      5720 Route 9G
                                                                                                           gardens, and Hudson
                                 spectacular 19th-century estate created Hudson, NY 12534
                                                                                                           River views.
                                 by Hudson River School painter           (518) 828-0135
                                 Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). www.olana.org                            Grounds open year-round;
                                                                                                             tours of the main house
                                 Stop at the visitor center for an introduction to                           are available; call for details.
                                 this extraordinary property. Tour the magnificent
                                 Persian style house and studio and marvel at the                           County Route 6 (off Route 9G), Germantown, NY 12526
                                                                                                            (518) 537-4240 • www.friendsofclermont.org
                                 remarkable interiors. Stroll the splendid grounds
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                                 and savor the dramatic views of the Hudson Valley
                                 that inspired Church’s paintings.
                                                                                                            Senate House
                                                                                                            Visit New York’s first state capital and tour the house
                                  Open year-round; call for programs, schedules, and information.
                                                                                                            that was the meeting place for the newly formed
                                                                                                            state senate. Learn about the state’s constitution
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                                                                                                            that was adopted in 1777 amidst the turmoil of the
                                   John Burroughs Memorial                                                  Revolutionary War and hear how local residents
                                   Take a leisurely journey to the hillside grave                           fled a fierce British military invasion that destroyed
                                   of John Burroughs, the well-known 19th-century                           the city. See the impressive collection of 18th- and
                                   naturalist and writer who played an important                            19th-century art and furnishings in the museum.
                                   role in advancing the conservation movement
 Courtesy Library of Congress.




                                                                                                    Open mid-April through October and by appointment; call for details.
                                              in America. Admire the views of the
                                               Catskills that Burroughs enjoyed as a               296 Fair Street, Kingston, NY 12401 • (845) 338-2786
                                                                                                   www.palisadesparksconservancy.org
                                                child and inspired him throughout
                                                his life. Explore the bucolic land-
                                                   scape, picnic in the open air,
                                                      and see the interpretive kiosk.
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                                                           Open year-round, dawn until dusk.


                                                                     Burroughs Memorial Road
                                                                      (off Route 30)
                                                                         Roxbury, NY 12474

                                                                                (518) 827-6111
                                                                                (general info—
                                                                                Mine Kill State Park)



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                                                                                   Washington’s Headquarters                   27
                                                                                   See the celebrated      18th-century
                                                                                                                     stone house
                                                                                   where General George Washington brought
                                                                                   the Revolutionary War to a close and helped
                                                                                   to form a new republic. Together with Knox’s
                                                                                   Headquarters and New Windsor Cantonment
                                                                                   in nearby Vails Gate, the site tells the story
                                                                                   of the dramatic series of events
                                                                                   leading up to the end of the
                                                                                   war. This national landmark
                                                                                   was the first publicly purchased
       Staatsburgh               25                                                historic site in the country.
       Experience what it would have been Old Post Road                            Visit the museum, explore
       like to live in the magnificent 19th- Staatsburg, NY 12580                  the grounds, and enjoy
       century Beaux Arts style mansion (845) 889-8851
                                              www.staatsburgh.org
                                                                                   wonderful views of the
       of successful financier Ogden Mills                                         Hudson River.
       and his socially prominent wife Ruth Livingston                              Open April through October and
       Mills. Hear the stories of the workers who helped to                         by appointment; call for details.
       maintain the lavish lifestyle of the Mills family. Visit
       the gift shop, explore the beautiful estate grounds,                        Liberty and Washington Streets, Newburgh, NY 12551
                                                                                   (845) 562-1195 • www.palisadesparksconservancy.org
       and enjoy sweeping views of the Hudson River.
             Grounds open year-round; house tours are offered April through     Knox’s Headquarters                 28
             October and off season; call for information.
                                                                                Discover the 18th-century Ellison House, the
                                                                                headquarters for high-ranking officers during the
       Clinton House                  26                                        Revolutionary War, including Major Generals
       Visit the Franklin Butts Research 549 Main Street                        Henry Knox, Chief of Artillery, and Horatio Gates,
       Library in this rare-surviving,      Poughkeepsie, NY 12602
                                                                                commander of nearby New Windsor Cantonment.
       18 th-century stone house named      (845) 471-1630                      Hear the story of Henry Knox, a book merchant
       in honor of George Clinton, New York’s first governor.                   well-read in military affairs who became one of
                 ng
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                       s     The property was actively used                     George Washington’s most trusted generals.
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                                                                    (845) 561-5498 • www.palisadesparksconservancy.org
                                     was the state capital.
                                      This prominent local
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                                      landmark recalls the
                                      city’s early settlement
                                     and growth.
                                                  Operated by the nonprofit
                                               Dutchess County Historical
                                             Society, the house is open year-
                                           round; call for information.



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                                                                   Fort Montgomery              30
                                                                   Visit the site of a Revolutionary War fort built by
                                                                   the Americans and destroyed by the British in
                                                                   October 1777. Overlooking the southern entrance
                                                                   to the Hudson Highlands, the fort was considered
                                                                   a key component
                                                                   of the American
                                                                   defenses early in the
                                                                   war. See exhibits
                                                                   and a dramatic
                                                                   movie in the visitor
                                                                   center, explore the
     New Windsor Cantonment                       29
                                                                   fort’s ruins, and
     Come to the site of the Continental Army’s final camp         enjoy spectacular
     at the end of the Revolutionary War and discover how          views of the
     the soldiers, their families, and artisans endured the        Hudson River.
     winter of 1782–83. Hear about the dramatic last months
                                                                    Open year-round from
     of the war and the extraordinary events leading up to          sunrise to sunset; call
     General Washington issuing cease fire orders at the            for information.
     cantonment on April 19, 1783. Explore the visitor
                                                                   690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery, NY 10922
     center, enjoy costumed demonstrations, and tour the           (845) 446-2134 • www.palisadesparksconservancy.org
     site’s National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
      Open mid-April through mid-November; call for information.
                                                                     John Jay Homestead                   31
     374 Temple Hill Road, Vails Gate, NY 12584
     (845) 561-1765 • www.palisadesparksconservancy.org               Enjoy the picturesque,         19th-century
                                                                                                            rural
                                                                      retreat of John Jay, one of the country’s
     National Purple Heart Hall of Honor                              Founding Fathers, President of the Continental
     Take in the powerful exhibits, view the impressive Roll          Congress, first Chief Justice of the United
     of Honor, and listen to the moving stories of courage            States, and second Governor of
     and sacrifice told by many of the Purple Heart recip-            New York. See the exhibits at
     ients. The Hall of Honor pays tribute to all those               the farm complex, learn about
                         wounded or lost in combat while              the fascinating life and times
                            serving in the United States              of the Jay family, take a tour
                             military. Located at New                 of the main house, explore the
                              Windsor Cantonment, it is the           spacious grounds, and join in
                              first facility in the nation            popular seasonal events.
                                              zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/
                              created to collect, preserve,             Open year-round; call
                             and share the personal stories             for information.
                            of Purple Heart recipients.
                                 Open year-round; no charge;         400 Route 22
                                 call for details.                   Katonah, NY 10536
                                                                     (914) 232-5651
     1-877-28Honor (Toll Free) • www.thepurpleheart.com              www.johnjayhomestead.org



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                                                                                  Philipse Manor Hall                34
                                                                                  Tour the elegant home 29 Warburton Avenue
                                                                                  of the wealthy Philipse Yonkers, NY 10702
                                                                                  family, owners of a vast (914) 965-4027
                                                                                  estate established by      www.philipsemanorfriends.org

                                                                                  royal patent in 1693.
                                                                                  By the late 18th centu-
                                                                                  ry, Frederick Philipse
                                                                                  III and his family
                                                                                  enjoyed a lavish lifestyle
     Stony Point Battlefield                  32                                  in their Georgian style
     Visit the site of a spectacular Revolutionary War battle.                    mansion. However,
     Stop at the museum and learn about the daring                                the Revolutionary War
     midnight attack that Brigadier General Anthony                               forced these staunch
     Wayne led on this British stronghold on July 16, 1779.                       Loyalists to flee New
     Discover how he seized the fortifications and ended                          York for England. The
     Great Britain’s control of the Hudson River. Follow                          house also served as
     the interpretive trail that tells the story of the battle,                   Yonkers’ village hall (1868–1872) and the first city
     see the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River, and                           hall (1872–1909).
     enjoy breathtaking views from the promontory.                                 Open year-round; call for information.
      Grounds open year-round; the museum is open mid-April through
      October; lighthouse tours are available by appointment; call for details.
                                                                                     Planting Fields Arboretum &
                                                                                     Coe Hall House Museum 35
     44 Battlefield Road, Stony Point, NY 10980
     (845) 786-2521 • www.palisadesparksconservancy.org
                                                                                     Savor the beauty of this magnificent estate.
     Old Croton Aqueduct                     33                                      Created during the early 1900s, the property
     Explore the scenic 26-mile-long trail that runs along                           boasts extensive grounds, rare trees, splendid
     the top of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Interpretive                                gardens, greenhouses filled with wonderful
     panels at the park headquarters in Dobbs Ferry describe                         plants, and a complex of distinguished build-
     how this incredible 19th-century engineering marvel                             ings. Begin your tour at the visitor center in
     carried much-needed fresh water from the Croton                                 the Hay Barn and be sure to see Coe Hall, the
     Reservoir to New York City. Walking, running, biking,                           estate’s impressive Tudor Revival style man-
                                           horseback riding,                         sion. Engaging programs and special events
                                           bird watching,                            are held through-
                                           snowshoeing,                              out the year.
                                           and cross-coun-
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                                                                    The arboretum
                                           try skiing are           open daily except
                                           popular trail            Christmas; tours
                                                                    of Coe Hall are
                                           pastimes.                offered April
                                                        Open year-round;               through September;
                                                        call for information.          call for details.

     Park Headquarters, 15 Walnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522                      Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
     (914) 693-5259 • www.aqueduct.org                                               (516) 922-9200 or (516) 922-9210 • www.plantingfields.org



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                                                                                                           The
                                 Caumsett         36
                                                                                                    Bureau of
                                 Delight in the splendor of the 25 Lloyd Harbor Road                                 Historic Sites
                                 magnificent early 20th-century Lloyd Neck, NY 11743
                                 country estate of Marshall       (631) 423-1770                     at the Peebles Island Resource Center
                                                                  www.caumsettfoundation.org         in Waterford, New York, provides a wide
                                 Field III, grandson of the
                                 department store magnate. With its expansive                        range of technical assistance and support to
                                 grounds, impressive estate buildings, diverse natural               the state historic sites and historic parks.
                                 areas, and breathtaking scenery, the property offers
                                 an array of recreational pursuits, including hiking,
                                 biking, fishing, and horseback riding.                                  Architectural historians and building
                                  Open year-round from sunrise to sunset; call for information.          conservators document and guide the
                                                                                                         preservation and restoration of buildings,
                                                                                                         structures, and landscapes.
                                   Walt Whitman Birthplace                         37
                                                                                                         Curators, art conservators, and
                                   Visit the birthplace of one of America’s great                        collection managers care for
                                   poets for an intimate perspective on the man                          hundreds of thousands of artifacts,
                                   and his work. Tour the Whitman family’s                               including paintings and frames,
                                   rare-surviving, early 19th-century farmhouse,                         textiles, furniture, decorative
                                   which has been carefully restored. Spend                              art objects, and paper.
                                   time in the interpretive center and discover                          Archaeologists help to identify,
                                                   a treasure trove of portraits,                        record, preserve, and interpret
 Courtesy Library of Congress.




                                                    letters, manuscripts, and arti-                      archaeological resources.
                                                     facts. Bring a picnic and enjoy
                                                     the site’s tranquil setting.                         Historians, graphic artists,
                                                                                                          and exhibit designers
                                                           Operated by the nonprofit Walt
                                                           Whitman Birthplace Association,                create interpretive signs,
                                                                                  zycnzj.com/http://www.zycnzj.com/ publications
                                                           the site is open year-round; days and          exhibits, and
                                                            hours vary; call for information.             tailored to the individual
                                                                                                          site stories.

                                                                 246 Old Walt Whitman Road
                                                                 Huntington Station, NY 11746
                                                                                                     PO Box 219
                                                                 (631) 427-5240
                                                                 www.waltwhitman.org
                                                                                                     Peebles Island
                                                                                                     Waterford, NY 12188
                                                                                                     (518) 237-8643
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