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Knox's Headquarters State Historic Site

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Address: 289 Forge Hill Road, Vails Gate, NY 12584
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+1 845-561-5498

Mount Ellison, the elegant country estate of New York's Ellison family,...

Mount Ellison, the elegant country estate of New York's Ellison family, served as wartime headquarters for three of the most famous of George Washington's Generals: Henry Knox, Nathanael Greene and Horatio Gates. From Memorial Day to Labor Day tour the stone mansion and grounds including nature paths overlooking the dramatic Silver Stream gorge, site of the ruins of the Ellisons' gristmill operation. Also open for special holiday programs in December.

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In the SW suburbs of Newburgh (actually Vails Gate) is John Ellison’s 1754 farmhouse that was used by Major General Henry Knox. This is another interesting revolutionary war... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2015
Chesterfield, MO
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Rock Hill, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

We arrived after the house was closed, but grounds were still open. That is usually just fine with me because I am not big on the house tours. I would rather read the history and take in the period architecture. However, the parking was located in what felt to me was too isolated. It would have been fine if other... More 

1 Thank Jesita66
Washingtonville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

House is open Memorial Day thru Labor Day but the grounds are open year round perhaps those that stopped by where on a day when the site was closed. Sadly over the years there have been many cuts to state budgets so these places can't operate year round.

2 Thank rpkj2016
Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

When we drove over to see this site on a Friday in May round 11am, the place was locked and no one was around . everything was empty thought it should have been open. The trails were marked but we wanted the guided tour of the two buildings. A big disappointment.

1 Thank tank1050
Brevard County, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Very old homestead used as General Knox' Headquarters during the American Revolution. Beautiful grounds - hike the trail to the water - lots of trees, plants, flowers, bushes, foliage. Picnic tables. Nice day trip.

1 Thank Rita S
Chesterfield, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 372 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015

In the SW suburbs of Newburgh (actually Vails Gate) is John Ellison’s 1754 farmhouse that was used by Major General Henry Knox. This is another interesting revolutionary war site in the Newburgh area. There is a gravel entry and small parking lot, but it does not appear to have that many visitors. I didn’t want to wait for the hourly... More 

1 Thank jjctraveler
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 July 2015 via mobile

Tours were on the hour. We were there at 1:08, all doors locked. Official car outside. I don't know what else to say. We were disappointed.

1 Thank kw1999
Newburgh, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015

If you are a history buff, the area and this location sparks a lot of interest in how this area helped shape our country

2 Thank TomW12550
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

If you are a history buff and want to know more about Washington's life in Newburgh and environs, you must go!

2 Thank Jeanniemac1025
Cornwall, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2012

This is an old Dutch colonial house used as a military headquarters during the American Revolution, complimentary to Washington's Headquarters and the New Windsor Contonement.

1 Thank GroundwaterGuy
Harrison, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2012

Very interesting and easily viewed exhibit.Easy to find because of the many road signs. Makes the Revoluntary War come alive with just a bit of imigination.

1 Thank Harry W

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