NEW WINDSOR — The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site and National Temple Hill Association present a night of Revolutionary War military drills, musket firings and other period activities 7-9:30 p.m. April 20. The historic huts are located on Causeway Road/Fisher Lane, off Temple Hill Road (Route 300) in the Town of New Windsor. The site is directly across the street from the New Windsor Cantonment and National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, and is three miles east of Stewart Airport and three miles south of the intersection of I-87 and I-84. Admission is free. For information, call New Windsor Cantonment at 845-561-1765 ext. 22.
These authentically reconstructed log huts were commissioned by the Town of New Windsor during the Bicentennial of the American Revolution to highlight their historic property, encompassing a large portion of the 1782-83 final winter encampment of the northern Continental Army. This property is currently managed by the National Temple Hill Association on behalf of the Town of New Windsor. Primarily responsible for the preservation of a large portion of this encampment site, the National Temple Hill Association also operates the mid-18th century stone house owned by James Edmonston that was used for a short time as a headquarters by Major General Horatio Gates.
The National Temple Hill Association was founded at another local Revolutionary War property, artillery commander General Henry Knox’s Headquarters, on Feb. 23, 1933, the 200th anniversary of the first scheduled service in the original Temple of Virtue. This organization was dedicated to recreating this building where General Washington in a moving speech on March 15, 1783 defused officer threats against the national governing body, re-affirming the supremacy of civilian authority over the military. They realized this goal three decades later and ran the site for a few years before turning it over to New York State Parks.
The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site has a replica of the Temple of Virtue, a church and meeting hall and the site’s visitor center details the history of the final winter encampment of the Continental Army. During the mid-April through end of October operating season costumed interpreters demonstrate life from that era.
New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site is part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The Palisades Interstate Park Commission administers 29 park, parkways and historic sites for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in New York as well as the Palisades Interstate Park and parkway in New Jersey. For more information about New York State parks and historic sites, please visit our website at www.nysparks.com and follow the links for historic sites.