Historic Sites & Museums
Brick House Museum. 850 Route 17K, Montgomery. Mid May – Mid October Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., last tour at 3:30 p.m. $3, $2 children and $8 per family. 615-3833.
The Captain David T. Crawford House. 189 Montgomery St., Newburgh. This 1830 Greek Revival was the house of 19th century shipping magnate David Crawford. On display are exhibits of mid-19th century furnishings, decorative arts and textiles, Hudson River School paintings and model ships. $5. “Made in Newburgh” exhibit runs June 22 – Aug. 30. Open by appointment. 561-2585.
Gomez Mill House. 11 Gomez Mill House Road, Marlboro. 236-3126. Tour Gomez Mill House, the oldest extant Jewish dwelling in North America continuously lived in for nearly three centuries. Wed. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guided tours at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. 240 Main St., Goshen. 294-6330. The Kentucky Connection. Showcasing the significant impact breeders in the Blue Grass State have had and continue to have on the improvement of the American Standardbred horse. In the Currier & Ives Gallery View “The Story of Harness Racing” and “Harness Racing, a Madison Avenue Icon”. Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hill-Hold Museum. Route 416, Campbell Hall. Visit Hill-Hold museum and see what life was like on a Hudson Valley farm in the 1830s. Mid May – Mid Oct. Hours: Wed. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 615-3833.
Historic Huguenot Street. DuBois Fort Visitor Center, Huguenot Street, New Paltz. 255-1660.
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Wildlife Education Center. 25 Boulevard, Cornwall-on-Hudson. Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Mastodons: Ice Age to Discovery. Share the excitement of the Ice Age. Learn about the Mastodon, the giant beaver, the condor and the first people to inhabit New York. Fri. – Sun. noon – 4 p.m. Museum admission: $3 for non-members. 534-5506, ext. 204.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum. 94 Broadway, (across from City Hall), Newburgh. karpeles.com. Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. Noon – 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Adams Family: Documents from our funding fathers. May 1 – Aug. 31. 569-4997.
Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site, Vails Gate. 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.
Montgomery Village Historical Museum. Former Methodist church, 142 Clinton St., across from the Fire Museum. Extensive historical artifact display. Hrs.: Sat. 1 – 4 p.m. or by appointment. 457-5135.
Motorcyclepedia Museum. 250 Lake St., Newburgh. More than 450 motorcycles are on display. Indian Timeline, Military and Police motorcycles, and Kaizen: an exhibit dedicated to classic Japanese motorcycles. Hrs.: Fri. – Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: $11 adults, $5 children 3-12 Children under age 3 are free. 569-9065.
Mount Gulian Historic Site. 145 Sterling St., Beacon. Tours of the home, Dutch barn and restored garden. A microcosm of U.S. history, hear stories about Native American Indians, early Dutch settlers, Revolutionary War soldiers, and an escaped slave. View Verplanck family heirlooms; artifacts from Revolutionary and Civil Wars and the Society of the Cincinnati, the first veterans’ organization in U.S., formed here in 1783. Wed.-Fri. and Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; last tour 4 p.m. $8; $6/sr; and $4/ages 6-18. 831-8172. April – Oct., with special events during Nov. & Dec.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300), Vails Gate. The Hall pays tribute to the extraordinary sacrifices of America’s servicemen and servicewomen killed or wounded in combat. Hrs.: Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 1 – 5 p.m. Admission is free, groups of 10 or more $3 per person (reservations required). For more information call 561-1765 or visit www.thepurpleheart.com.
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, 374 Temple Hill Road, Town of New Windsor. 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. New Windsor Cantonment is co-located with The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, dedicated to collecting, preserving and telling the story of America’s military wounded or killed in combat.
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Corner of Liberty & Washington Streets, Newburgh. Served as General George Washington’s army headquarters from April 1782-August 1783, his longest stay during the Revolutionary War. First government owned and operated historic house museum in the U.S., which marks the beginnings of the historic Preservation Movement. Birthplace of the Badge of Military Merit, the forerunner of the Purple Heart. “Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington’s Headquarters’ Collection” More than 1,300 artifacts are on display including dolls, souvenirs of past wars, local Newburgh history, military weapons and domestic implements. Hours: Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Admission: Adults – $4, Seniors/Students – $3, children 12 and under – free. 562-1195.