New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is located at 374 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor, NY 12553 in Orange County.
From New Windsor Cantonment: "New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is where the Continental Army under General George Washington spent the last winter and spring of the Revolutionary War. In October 1782, General Washington moved his northern army to New Windsor to establish winter quarters. Some 7,500 soldiers and 500 women and children civilian refugees encamped here. By late December 1782, they had erected nearly 600 log huts into a 'cantonment,' a military enclave. It was at the New Windsor Cantonment that the cease fire orders were issued by Washington ending the eight-year War of Independence on April 19, 1783."
"From mid-April through October visitors will find costumed staff demonstrating musket drills, blacksmithing, military medicine and other 18th century skills, with additional demonstrations in July and August. Buildings include the reconstructed Temple of Virtue, which served as a chapel and office and the Mountainville Hut, perhaps the only surviving example of original timber construction by the Continental Army.
Special events include an encampment by Revolutionary War reenactors each April, Memorial Day and Independence Day activities and a Children's Day of fun activities remembering the 219 children that once lived here. Annual living history programs take place in cooperation with nearby Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site.
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Things To Do at New Windsor Cantonment
Self Guided Tours
Year-round exhibits of life in the cantonment (1782-1783)
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Wonderful day out for the kids and children of all ages.
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Location: New Windsor