Stony Point Battlefield

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Stony Point Battlefield
Entrance to the site of Stony Point Battlefield.
Nearest city Stony Point, New York
Built 1779
Governing body Palisades Interstate Park Commission
NRHP Reference # 66000567
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL January 20, 1961[2]

Stony Point Battlefield is the location of the 1779 Battle of Stony Point during the American Revolutionary War. It is a National Historic Landmark.

History[edit]

The site was purchased and preserved in the late 1890s, and opened to the public in 1902.

A flying stunt was flown during the July 16, 1929 sesquicentennial of the Stony Point Battlefield, in front of a crowd of over 8,000 dignitaries. A number of traditional military units were on display, including the “US Horse Artillery,” the “First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry” and various infantry army and National Guard units. In comparison to these 18th and 19th century horse and foot-transportation methods, “A modern feature was the flying over the battlefield during the exercises, of an airplane piloted by Mrs. Opal Kunz, who dropped an American flag.” “During the ceremonies, Mrs. Kunz flew alone from the Newark, NJ Airport, in her airplane, the “Betsy Ross” over Stony Point, and from an altitude of 1,000 feet dropped several hundred small American flags, and also a larger one, weighted, which fell upon the battlefield.”[3]

A museum was built on the site in 1936, and in the 1940s the Palisades Interstate Park Commission took over administration of the battlefield and began to acquire more of the surrounding area.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.[2][4]

By the 1980s, the park encompassed all public land on the peninsula, including the historic Stony Point Lighthouse, built in 1826.

The site is now operated as Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, and includes the museum with exhibits about the battle and the lighthouse. The park offers interpretive programs including 18th century military life, cannon and musket firings, cooking demonstrations, nature walks, guided tours of the battlefield, and children's activities.

The park is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and Sundays 1pm to 5 pm. It is accessible from U.S. Route 9W just north of the Village of Stony Point.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Stony Point Battlefield". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  3. ^ Kimball, LeRoy E. “The Society and Stony Point: The Battlefield on Which General “Mad” Anthony Wayne Revived the Patriot Cause by the Midnight Capture of the British Garrison: It Has Been in our Custody Since 1899.” Scenic and Historic America: Bulletin of the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society. Volume II, number 3 & 4, December 1930. Page 34.
  4. ^ Richard Greenwood (December 12, 1975). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Stony Point Battlefield PDF (391 KiB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 3 photos, from 1975. PDF (582 KiB)

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Coordinates: 41°14′29″N 73°58′25″W / 41.241449°N 73.973522°W / 41.241449; -73.973522