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New Windsor Cantonment

Temple Hill Road, Vails Gate, NY 12584
+1 845-561-1765
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Good to see in conjunction with another activity

The Cantonment Museum is downstairs and across the hall, in the same building as the National... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Suffern, New York
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This is the site of the Continental Army's last encampment - the winter at the end of the... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
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New Windsor Cantonment was a huge military community housing some 7,500 soldiers and 500 of their wives and children. General George Washington faced his greatest challenge here keeping the Continental Army ready for an uncertain future in the closing days of the Revolutionary War. Today the 1782-83 cantonment is alive with uniformed soldiers performing musket drills and historic trades demonstrations April through October and with interactive exhibits for children and adults year round.
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Temple Hill Road, Vails Gate, NY 12584
+1 845-561-1765
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

The Cantonment Museum is downstairs and across the hall, in the same building as the National Purple Heart Museum; there is also a display outside, on the same grounds. The museum is not big, but it gives a good history of the Cantonment. The Purple...More

Reviewed 22 August 2017

This is the site of the Continental Army's last encampment - the winter at the end of the Revolutionary War. The grounds are interesting to walk; the small museum educational. However, there was only 1 person on site in character which was surprising since it...More

Reviewed 27 July 2016

My 8-year old son had an awesome time here! The staff took their time helping us and teaching him at every turn. From the blacksmith, who kindly made him an "S" hook, to Rick, who gave us a private musket show! My son and I...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2016

We did not go in because they were closing fifteen minutes after we arrived about 4:45. It took us 15 minutes to read the plaques and take in the exterior of the building. We will be returning

2  Thank Jesita66
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Love this park. I grew up here. There a lot of single track bike trails behind the site that lead up to Temple Hill School. Come visit Revolutionary Era candlemakers, bakers, and ironworkers. Hear the cannons and muskets and drums of war. There is also...More

Thank mdmc1
Reviewed 6 October 2015

I arrived with only 30 minutes left to tour this site before closing so I had to rush through it. You really need an hour minimum. There is a small museum for the Cantonment and they have a small village of buildings including an original...More

Thank jjctraveler
Reviewed 9 February 2015

This small display of life in Revolutionary War camps under General Washington's command in 1781 is interesting but small. The lower level contains war artillery cannons and howitzers. It's worth visiting if in the area and is connected to the Purple Heart Hall of Honor....More

Thank psr707070
Reviewed 17 October 2014

What was once a large encampment has been reduced over the years to a small piece of land with a few buildings surrounded by new neighborhoods. It is sad that this was not preserved a few hundred years ago so it is what it is...More

1  Thank travelinmother
Reviewed 8 December 2013

I grew up less than two miles from here. As I grew so did my appreciation for the significance for this place. It was here that the troops were informed that the hostilities with the British were announced to the troops quartered here. They were...More

1  Thank 943RickR
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Much research has gone into the New Windsor Cantonment; my parents were on the Board many years ago and were instrumental in much of what you see today. The Temple building is reconstructed within 18" of the original. I don't know what OhioBER was looking...More

Thank Jeanniemac1025
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