Welcome to the official step off of Habitat Newburgh's very first virtual Walk for Housing! Over the next two weeks, we will "walk past" Habitat Homes and Newburgh Landmarks. We hope that you enjoy the tour. For more information and to start fundraising or logging your fitness activities please visit: http://bit.ly/HFHGNwalk
Virtual Walk Stop #1: Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Location: 84 Liberty St. Newburgh, NY
General George Washington established his headquarters at Jonathan and Tryntje Hasbrouck’s fieldstone farmhouse from April 1, 1782, to August 19, 1783, his longest stay at any building during the Revolution. Here he welcomed a steady stream of guests, negotiated with Congress, oversaw troops, rejected the suggestion of an American monarchy, created the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart, circulated an influential letter to State Governors outlining the key principals he felt necessary for the new republic and ordered a “cessation of hostilities” in April 1783. Acquired and opened by the State of New York in 1850, the property is the first publicly acquired and operated historic site in the United States. It is the oldest house in the city of Newburgh. In the 1880s, a limestone monument was constructed to commemorate the peaceful disbandment of the Continental Army from Newburgh. Above the gates of this “Tower of Victory” stand bronze statues of soldiers, officers, and Washington. In 1910, an adjacent museum was built to display a growing number of artifacts.
For detailed information regarding hours of operation, special events and field trip opportunities visit the Headquarter website at: https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/17/amenities.aspx
This stop is sponsored by: