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Address: Temple Hill Road (Route 300), Vails Gate, NY 12584
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+1 845-561-1765
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

New Windsor Cantonment was a huge military community housing some 7,500...

New Windsor Cantonment was a huge military community housing some 7,500 soldiers and 500 of their wives and children. General George Washington faced his greatest challenge here keeping the Continental Army ready for an uncertain future in the closing days of the Revolutionary War. Today the 1782-83 cantonment is alive with uniformed soldiers performing musket drills and historic trades demonstrations April through October and with interactive exhibits for children and adults year round.

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My 8-year old son had an awesome time here! The staff took their time helping us and teaching him at every turn. From the blacksmith, who kindly made him an "S" hook, to Rick, who... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 July 2016
Newburgh, New York
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Newburgh, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

My 8-year old son had an awesome time here! The staff took their time helping us and teaching him at every turn. From the blacksmith, who kindly made him an "S" hook, to Rick, who gave us a private musket show! My son and I learned SO much about the Revolutionary war and George Washington. The armory was very cool.... More 

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Rock Hill, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

We did not go in because they were closing fifteen minutes after we arrived about 4:45. It took us 15 minutes to read the plaques and take in the exterior of the building. We will be returning

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Newburgh, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Love this park. I grew up here. There a lot of single track bike trails behind the site that lead up to Temple Hill School. Come visit Revolutionary Era candlemakers, bakers, and ironworkers. Hear the cannons and muskets and drums of war. There is also a m

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Chesterfield, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

I arrived with only 30 minutes left to tour this site before closing so I had to rush through it. You really need an hour minimum. There is a small museum for the Cantonment and they have a small village of buildings including an original one and rebuilt “temple”. This is where the Continental Army under George Washington spent the... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2015

This small display of life in Revolutionary War camps under General Washington's command in 1781 is interesting but small. The lower level contains war artillery cannons and howitzers. It's worth visiting if in the area and is connected to the Purple Heart Hall of Honor. We didn't see the old camp building because they were closed for winter,

Thank psr707070
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2014

What was once a large encampment has been reduced over the years to a small piece of land with a few buildings surrounded by new neighborhoods. It is sad that this was not preserved a few hundred years ago so it is what it is today. When you visit you will see a few of the old buildings none of... More 

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Huntington Beach, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

I grew up less than two miles from here. As I grew so did my appreciation for the significance for this place. It was here that the troops were informed that the hostilities with the British were announced to the troops quartered here. They were told they could go home. The war was over. That was April 19, 1783. That... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

Much research has gone into the New Windsor Cantonment; my parents were on the Board many years ago and were instrumental in much of what you see today. The Temple building is reconstructed within 18" of the original. I don't know what OhioBER was looking for or expecting, but when I worked there years ago, there were 7 buildings including... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

Complete with guides dressed in costume who were extremely informative. The only downside was the bugs who ate us alive. spray and go!

Thank chlovis
Boardman, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

I honestly admit I was expecting more based on the other reviews. The visitor center looks nice from the outside, but all it really contains is one small room with some displays and information about the conditions facing the Continental Army during its stay here. Unlike most other visitor centers, there wasn't an orientation film that I could find (although... More 

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