Knox’s Headquarters in Newburgh and the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site will be offering a full schedule of activities for the Presidents’ weekend. New Windsor Cantonment was the final encampment of the northern Continental Army, in 1782-83. Here over 7,000 soldiers and 500 family members endured the winter and prepared for a renewal of the fighting in the spring. Instead peace was proclaimed and after 8 long years of war they returned home.
Knox’s Headquarters, the elegant 1754 combination English and Dutch style home, of the prosperous merchant miller John Ellison, was one of the longest occupied military headquarters of the Revolutionary War. Continental Army Generals, Nathanael Greene, Henry Knox and Horatio Gates used the house as headquarters, during various periods between 1779-1783.
At New Winsor on Saturday, February 15, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Monday, February 17 from 10:00 to 4:00 PM on Presidents’ weekend, soldiers will bring to life the Continental Army’s final winter encampment with musket and cannon firings, blacksmithing, medical demonstrations and other aspects of daily life. On Saturday & Monday 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM & 3:30 PM, see muskets and a small cannon fired. Following these firings, children enlist in the Continental Army, drill with wooden muskets and get paid in Continental currency for their service.
Knox’s Headquarters is located at 289 Forge Hill Road, Vails Gate, New York, 12584, just three miles south of the intersection of I-87 and I-84 and is 1 mile south of the the New Windsor Cantonment. For more information please call (845) 561-1765 ext. 22.
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is co-located with the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor on Route 300, 374 Temple Hill Road, in New Windsor, NY, just three miles south of the intersection of I-87 and I-84. For more information please call (845) 561-1765 ext. 22.
Washington’s Headquarters also has a full schedule of activities for the Presidents’ weekend and is located at 84 Liberty Street, in Newburgh. For more information please call (845) 562-1195.
Photo: Above, Continental Army Soldier Matt Thorenz, from Wallkill, stands guard; and below, Knox’s Headquarters in Winter.