Exhibit galleries feature the history of the 1782-83 Continental Army winter encampment at New Windsor, New York and The Last Argument of Kings: Revolutionary War Artillery.
Buildings include the reconstructed "Temple of Virtue," which served as a chapel and office and the Mountainville Hut, perhaps the only surviving example of original timber construction by the Continental Army. Year round, guests can view two exhibits at the Visitor Center on the stories of the men and women who lived at the 1782-83 cantonment, and on General Henry Knox's New Windsor Artillery Park that stood nearby in 1780-81.
From mid-April through October, visitors will find costumed staff demonstrating musket drills, blacksmithing, military medicine and other 18th century skills, with additional demonstrations in July and August.
Special events include an encampment by Revolutionary War reenactors each April, Memorial Day and Independence Day activities and a Children's Day of fun activities remembering the 219 children that once lived here. Annual living history programs take place in cooperation with nearby Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site. Please call for specific details or for more information. KHQ 2018 Special Events
Explore the Cantonment at your own pace enjoying the beautiful semi-wooded grounds and trails. From late spring through early fall enjoy talking with a soldier or soldier's wife along with occasional demonstrations of musket firing or blacksmithing. With summer the site is alive with costumed soldiers and civilians demonstrating period skills like 18th century medicine, drilling with muskets or cannon, cooking over an open fire, laundering clothing, or hewing timbers for log huts. It's not all work though, and you'll be invited to try your hand at period games and sports, along with occasional celebrations such as Independence Day. Guided tours with living history demonstrations are available for organized groups by advance arrangement only. Please contact the Interpretive Programs office at New Windsor Cantonment (845-561-1765 ext. 22) for more information on tours.