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“A pleasant and informative find for spare 2-3 hours”

The Stony Point Battlefield Lighthouse
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Owner description: Oldest lighthouse on the Hudson and only preserved Revolutionary War battleground in the lower Hudson Valley.
Reviewed October 19, 2013

After the frustration of turning up early afternoon at Bear Mountain and turned away (like countless others) by state police because parking was full, we came back south towards Bergen County via the 202 and stumbled upon this hidden away beauty. After coming off the 202, a serene little drive ends up going over a wooden plank bridge (past what must have been a gate house) to reach the modest car park for this place - one point of note, as the signs say you need to leave by 5pm as the bridge entrance gets closed off!
Yes, there is an incline to walk up, but it's all tarmac and there's parking up top for less mobile visitors. Unfortunately we'd just missed a battle reenactment by a day, but the encampment was still set up with 3 people still in costume around the place.
I recommend taking in all the views if possible (there are some splendid ones up and down the Hudson) and reading all of the information boards, which give an excellent view into the history of the time when independence was being fought for. At the time of visit my family had only been in the US for 5-6 weeks (starting a 2 year secondment from the UK) so this was an ideal place to learn a little more about the not-so-special relationship at the time!
Very much worthwhile, a very nice change from being in a crowded hotspot :-)

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Great costumed actors! Especially liked Moira. She really makes history come to life. She was very friendly and informative.

1  Thank reenie287
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We loved our visit to the lighthouse. There is a nice trail with information about the battle as you walk it. The views were spectacular. There is a small museum with a helpful and knowledgable staff. Enjoyed our visit!

Thank Donna M
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We stumbled upon this park on our drive up 9W. Visitors drive over a single lane bridge to cross over the train tracks. The parking area is at the bottom of a hill & visitors have to walk up the hill to see the museum, lighthouse, and historical markers around the park. The grounds are very well kept making it a very enjoyable place to walk around and relax. The pleasant surroundings make for a nice place to learn about the Revolutionary War era battles that occurred on the grounds. The lighthouse is very nice to see up close, and from the base of it there are some nice scenic views looking down the Hudson River. We also caught a glimpse of several hawks soaring above the park.

Thank jaysdee31
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is nice little state park that preserves an overlooked later battle of the Revolution. There is a small museum that has information about the engagement (and the lighthouse on the property). The exhibits are fairly detailed but not overwhelming. There is a nice mix of information and artifacts, although an orientation film would have been helpful.

Outside the visitor center there is a walking trail that takes you to different points in the park. Trailside markers discuss the events at each location with good detail. Walking the grounds, it's easy to see why this was such an important strategic point and so difficult to assault. The pathway is a good climb at some points, but I think the worst was actually the hill they make you walk up from the parking lot to the visitor center.

Thank GozerTheTraveller
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