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Historical Tourism begins with The New York State Independence Trail. We highlight key sites from the French & Indian and Revolutionary wars that led to the formation of America.

Fort Chambly National Historic Site, Quebec, CAN
This stone fortress fell to the British in 1760 during the French and Indian War. It was later occupied by invading Americans during the Revolutionary War. Guided tours are available. (450) 658-1585

Clinton County
Valcour Island, Lake Champlain, NY
Benedict Arnold led a makeshift fleet of ships against the British Navy on Lake Champlain near Plattsburgh, delaying the southward advance of the British for a year. Today, the island is a state park with historic markers and the Bluff Point Lighthouse. (518) 561-0340

Essex County
Crown Point Historic Site, Crown Point, NY
The French first built Fort St. Fréderic here in 1734. In 1759, British troops built "His Majesty's Fort at Crown Point." Colonists captured the fort in 1775, but British troops later retook it. Ruins remain. (800) 447-5224 or (518) 597-3666 

Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY
Overlooking Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga was an important site for a number of battles in the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars. Tours of the preserved fort include re-enactments and displays of period weapons.

Warren County
Fort William Henry, Lake George, NY
Relive the important French and Indian War Battle at Fort William Henry made famous in James Fenimore Cooper's "Last of the Mohicans." Guides wearing period garb offer tours of the log fortress and demonstrate cannon and musket firings. (518) 668-5471

Fort George and Battlefield Park, Lake George, NY
This site echoes the history of three wars, The French and Indian, the American Revolution and the War of 1812-1815. Remainders of entrenchments, buildings, redoubts, and a citadel can be seen today. Nearby is a monument of Gen. William Johnson and Mohawk King Hendrick discussing strategy before their victory over the French in 1755.  (518) 623-1200 or (518) 897-1200

Knox Trail, Lake George, NY
Henry Knox and his men moved 59 pieces of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston. The artillery weighed 119,000 pounds, and 82 sleds and teams of oxen made the 300-mile trip in 40 days. Markers denote the trail. 
(518) 761-6366, ext. 5100

Bloody Pond, Queensbury, NY
The site of a massacre of approximately 200 French by colonists in 1755. Bodies fell near the pond and stained it red. It is in this conflict that Robert Rogers debuted as a soldier (ranger).
(518) 761-6366, ext. 5100

Half-Way Brook, Queensbury, NY
A strategic location between Lake George and the Fort Edward stretch of the Hudson River because it was the connection for a water route from New York City to Quebec. Two major massacres occurred on the site, which is noted by markers. (518) 761-6366, ext. 5100

Washington County
Birthplace of the U.S. Navy, Whitehall, NY
Visit the Skenesborough Museum and tour the area where, under the command of Benedict Arnold, colonists built and sailed this country's first warships, earning Whitehall the designation "Birthplace of the U.S. Navy." (518) 499-0716

Rogers Island, Fort Edward, NY
Located on the Hudson River, the island was home to Capt. Robert Rogers' Rangers. The island housed British barracks during the French and Indian War and a patriot garrison during the Revolutionary War. Stop by the visitors center. (518) 747-3693

Old Fort House Museum, Fort Edward, NY
Built in 1772, the Old Fort House is one of the oldest frame structures in New York. It was headquarters to both British and American generals in the Revolutionary War. (518) 747-9600

Revolutionary War Cemetery, Salem, NY
More than 100 Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in this cemetery that was established in 1769. (518) 854-9296

Saratoga County
Cooper's Cave, South Glens Falls, NY
This cave in the middle of the Hudson River was the setting for an important segment of James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel "Last of the Mohicans." A viewing platform is open to the public. (518) 793-1455 

Parks-Bentley House, South Glens Falls, NY
Daniel Parks, a Revolutionary War veteran, moved his family here in 1773 and built up much of the town's industry. Tours are available. (518) 745-7741

Schuyler House, Schuylerville, NY
The country home of General Philip Schuyler. British troops burned the original house and outbuildings. The present house was rebuilt in 1777 and is open for tours. (518) 664-9821

Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater, NY
The Battles of Saratoga rank among the 15 most decisive battles in world history. The patriots' victory in 1777 led France to recognize the United States and ally itself with the colonists. Self-guided tours. (518) 664-9821

The Stillwater Blockhouse, Stillwater, NY
Visit this replica of the log blockhouses built by colonists to serve as protection during the French and Indian War. (518) 664-1847, ext. 11

The Saratoga Monument, Victory, NY
A 155-foot-tall monument marks the site where Gen. Burgoyne surrendered to Gen. Gates on Oct. 17, 1777. (518) 664-9821

Rensselaer County
Bennington Battlefield Site, Hoosick Falls, NY
In August 1777, British troops attacked an American storehouse here to restore their provisions, but were turned back. The site has informative signs and displays. (518) 279-1155

Schoharie County
Old Stone Fort Museum, Schoharie, NY
Exhibits and costumed interpreters tell the story of this church that was fortified and attacked during the Revolutionary War. (518) 295-7192

Albany County
Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Albany, NY
Philip Schuyler was named a delegate to the Continental Congress, which put him in command of the Northern Department. This site was the center of his military activities and is open to the public. (518) 434-0834

Columbia County
Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown, NY
Robert Livingston Jr. helped draft the Declaration of Independence and gave Washington the first oath of office. The Livingston family lived here for more than 230 years. Stop by the visitors center. (518) 537-4240

Ulster County
Old Senate House Historic Site, Kingston, NY
A limestone building here housed the first meeting of  New York's newly organized State Senate in 1777 after the British chased the Senate from New York City. Visit the nearby museum. (845) 338-2786

Dutchess County
New Windsor Cantonment, Vails Gate, NY
General Washington moved his troops here to establish winter quarters in 1782 and his men built nearly 600 log huts. Stop by the visitors center. (845) 561-1765

Knox's Headquarters, Vails Gate, NY
Tours are available of this site, where Major General Henry Knox commanded the artillery of Washington's army. (845) 561-5498

Van Wyck Homestead Museum, Fishkill, NY
The Van Wyck house was requisitioned by the Continental Army as an officers' headquarters, and was visited by Washington, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, among others. The museum is open seasonally. (845) 896-9560

Mount Gulian, Beacon, NY
This site served as the headquarters for General Baron von Steuben, the Continental Army drillmaster and inspector general who turned the colonists into a disciplined fighting force. Re-enactors visit on a seasonal basis. (845) 831-8172

Madam Brett Homestead, Beacon, NY
The Brett family opened their home as a shelter to patriot soldiers and as a supply house for the military. The home was visited by Washington, Baron von Steuben, and others. Dutchess County's oldest homestead, Open by appointment. (845) 831-6533

Orange County
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
The Military Academy at West Point was the site of several forts used during the Revolution, including Fort Putnam. Take a tour and visit the museum. (845) 938-2638

Constitution Island and the Warner House, West Point, NY
A boat trip across the Hudson from the U.S. Military Academy takes you to a Revolutionary War fort and the historic 17-room Warner House with period furnishings. (845) 446-8676

Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh, NY
General George Washington made his military headquarters here between April 1782 and August 1783. It is the birthplace of the Badge of Military Merit, the forerunner of the Purple Heart. The site is open on a seasonal basis. (845) 562-1195

Rockland County
Stony Point Battlefield, Stony Point, NY
In the last major battle in the north, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne led a surprise attack on the British garrison here in 1779. The oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River marks the site.
(845) 786-2521

Westchester County
John Jay Homestead, Katonah, NY
John Jay served in more high offices than any other founding father: President of the Continental Congress, Governor of New York and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Tours of his home are available. (914) 232-8199

Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
This 18th-century stone manor home re-creates what life was like for citizens of a newly free America and includes original furnishings. An 18th-century tavern is also located on the grounds. (914) 271-8981

St. Paul's Church, Mount Vernon, NY
This church was used as a hospital and burial site following the Revolutionary War battle at Pell's Point, and was the scene of several military developments for the next six years. Walking tours are offered. (914) 667-4116

Bronx County
Valentine Varian House, Museum of Bronx History, Bronx, NY
This fieldstone farmhouse, built in 1758, provides a view of what life was like during the Revolutionary War in New York. Tours and exhibits. (718) 881-8900

New York County (Manhattan)
Fraunces' Tavern Museum, Manhattan, NY
Now a colonial history museum, Fraunces' opened as a tavern in the 1760s and it served as a meeting place for revolutionaries. When New York was the Capital, Fraunces' Tavern housed the Departments of Foreign Affairs, the Treasury, and War. Washington delivered his famous farewell here. (212) 425-1778

Federal Hall National Memorial, Manhattan, NY
This site first served as New York's City Hall and later as home to the first U.S. Congress. George Washington was inaugurated here on April 30, 1789. A museum offers a variety of exhibits. (212) 825-6888

Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Manhattan, NY
The home of founding father Alexander Hamilton is preserved for public visits. Hamilton supported the patriots' cause, and was commissioned as a Captain of the Artillery and then aide-de-camp to George Washington.  (212) 825-6888

Kings County (Brooklyn)
Battle of Brooklyn Monument, Brooklyn, NY
Prospect Park is home to this monument commemorating George Washington's narrow escape across the East River in the face of British troops advancing through Jamaica Pass. (718) 857-0009

Old Stone House Interpretive Center, Brooklyn, NY
This replica of a 1699 Dutch farmhouse features exhibits on the Revolutionary War and the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn. (718) 768-3195

Richmond County (Staten Island)
Conference House (Billop Manor House), Staten Island, NY
This fieldstone house, open to the public, was the site of the 1776 Staten Island Peace Conference where the British tried to convince Ben Franklin, John Adams and Edward Rutledge that the colonists should remain loyal to Britain. (718) 984-2086

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Battery Park, Manhattan Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn Conference House (Billop Manor House), Staten Island Old Stone House Interpretive Center, Brooklyn Federal Hall National Memorial, Manhattan Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Manhattan Fraunces’ Tavern Museum, Manhattan St. Paul’s Church, Mount Vernon Valentine Varian House, Bronx John Jay Homestead, Katonah Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson Stony Point Battlefield, Stony Point United States Military Academy, West Point Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montgomery Constitution Island and the Warner House, West Point New Windsor Cantonment, Vails Gate Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh Mount Gulian, Beacon Madam Brett Homestead, Beacon Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown Old Senate House Historic Site, Kingston Van Wyck Homestead Museum, Fishkill Cooper’s Cave, South Glens Falls/Glens Falls Parks-Bentley House, South Glens Falls Rogers Island Visitors Center, Fort Edward Old Fort House Museum, Fort Edward Schuyler House, Schuylerville Fort Hardy Park, Schuylerville Revolutionary War Cemetery, Salem The Saratoga Monument, Victory Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater The Stillwater Blockhouse, Stillwater Van Schaick Mansion, Cohoes Historic Stockade District, Schenectady Bennington Battlefield Site, Hoosick Falls Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park, Colonie Crailo State Historic Site, Rensselaer Old Stone Fort Museum, Schoharie Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Albany Peebles Island State Park, Waterford Half-Way Brook, Queensbury Bloody Pond, Queensbury Fort George and Battlefield Park, Lake George Fort William Henry, Lake George Knox Trail, Lake George Rogers Rock, Hague Birthplace of the U.S. Navy, Whitehall Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Crown Point Historic Site, Crown Point Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, Peru Fort Chambly National Historic Site, Chambly, Quebec, Canada