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Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

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Please note: We are now open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm, and Sunday, 1pm - 4pm. The Museum and Headquarters tours are by reservation only due to Covid-19. Please see Covid-19 Policies and Protective Measures on our "Tours" tab before making your reservation. Please note that some services are unavailable at this time. Effective April 1, 2021 our admission prices are $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, and free for those ages 12 or under. Call 845-562-1195 for additional information.

Positions Available at Washington's Headquarters (apply by June 1st, 2021):

-Historic Site Interpreter

-Maintenance Position

84 Liberty St.
Newburgh, NY 12551
Latitude 41.497120
Longitude -74.009140

Visit the nation's first publicly owned historic site and tour the rooms where American history was made. In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic. It was here that Washington rejected the idea of an American monarchy; ended the Newburgh Conspiracy, preventing potential military control of the government; created the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart; and circulated an influential letter to State Governors outlining the key principals he felt necessary for the new republic.

While visiting Washington's Headquarters explore the Museum, which houses the award-winning exhibit, Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington's Headquarters' Collection. The exhibit features over 1,300 objects highlighting Washington's Headquarters diverse collections and is navigated by an electronic catalog system. Also, take a tour of the Tower of Victory and climb the steps to the newly restored belvedere. (Access to the Tower may be limited based on staffing and weather conditions.)

Celebrate Women's History Month with Washington's Headquarters! In honor of Women's History Month, Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site will hold its annual program, The General's Lady, on Sunday, March 21st at 2:00 pm. This year, to keep "Covid Safe," it will be VIRTUAL!

Inspired by Martha Washington, this free on-line event, pays tribute to both the impact of noteworthy historical women, and to contemporary women making a difference in the field of history and preservation in the Hudson Valley.

The General's Lady will begin with a talk, "Martha Washington: A Timeless Woman," to learn more about our first First Lady. This talk will be followed by the ceremony to present the 2021 Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This year's honoree is historical archivist/librarian Sue Gardner. Ms. Gardner is the nineteenth recipient of the award.

The free online event can be accessed by searching YouTube for "Palisades Interstate Park Commission Television" at and after Sunday, March 21st at 2pm. For further details please call the site at 845-562-1195.

George Washington's Birthday Celebration Went Viral! This year, to keep "Covid Safe," our President's Weekend programs were VIRTUAL! These program offerings can still be found by searching on YouTube for "Palisades Interstate Park Commission Television". Enjoy!

Hours of Operation

  • Museum Hours: Mid-April - Late October

    Wednesday - Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm
    Sunday: 1 pm -  4 pm

  • Winter Hours: November - Mid-April

    Fridays and Saturdays, 11AM - 3PM.

    School and group tours are welcome by appointment year round. For more information on our program offerings, please visit the "Education" tab.

    Washington's Headquarters also offers special events and programs all year round. Keep an eye on the NYS Parks Event Calendar, or "like" us on Facebook.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Tour Admission
  • Adult - $7
    Senior/Student - $5
    12 and under - Free

  • School Group and Prescheduled Group Admission
  • $5 per person (min. 10)
    Additional Talk - $2 each
    Talk ONLY - $5 per person (min. 10)
  • Outreach Programs (Off-site)
  • $5 per person
    (Note: May include additional travel fee depending on distance)

    For more information on special program offerings for both school and adult groups, please see the "Education" tab.
    For more information on tour offerings, please see the "Tours" tab.

Washington's Headquarters provides a variety of special program offerings appropriate for children to adults. These programs can be delivered on-site or can come to you as outreach programs. To learn more about what the site has to offer, and how to schedule your group, please click the links below

School Programs

Adult Programs

Acquired and opened by the State of New York in 1850, Washington's Headquarters, State Historic Site, is the first publicly owned and operated historic site in the Nation, a National Landmark, and a contributing property within Newburgh's 445-acre East End Historic District. From April 1782 to August 1783 General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, made his headquarters and residence at Jonathan and Tryntje Hasbrouck family's fieldstone farmhouse in Newburgh. It was the longest he stayed at any headquarters throughout the 8 1/2 years of the Revolution. The Hasbrouck house is furnished to reflect Washington's stay and is open for guided tours. Here, the General, his wife Martha, officers, servants, and slaves lived and worked in close quarters, while a steady stream of guests met with the Washington's.

In the critical months that General George Washington spent at Newburgh, he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic.

It was here that Washington:

  • Rejected the suggestion of an American monarchy.
  • Ended the Newburgh Conspiracy, preventing potential military control of the government.
  • Created the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart.
  • Circulated an influential letter to State Governors outlining the key principals he felt necessary for the new republic.
  • Announced the Cessation of Hostilities, which ended the fighting of the Revolutionary War.


Admission to Washington's Headquarters includes a guided tour of the historic Hasbrouck House, furnished to reflect its use as General Washington's Headquarters from April of 1782 to August of 1783, as well as self-guided access to the museum building, which includes two floors of exhibits.

Washington's Headquarters also offers group tours, school programs, and adult programs. For information on those offerings and how to schedule a group, visit the "Education" tab, or contact the site.

Tours are available during open hours, or by appointment. Please see the "Hours of Operation" tab for details. Please see the "Fees and Rates" Tab for admission information.

COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protective Measures

Before making a reservation please ask yourself:

  • Within the last 14 days, have you traveled from a state that is currently experiencing significant community spread of COVID-19?
  • Have you, or anyone in your residence, come into close contact with someone who has a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your residence had or are currently experiencing a fever?
  • Have you or anyone in your residence had or are currently experiencing symptoms of lower respiratory illness, including new or worsening:
    • Shortness of breath or coughing
    • Troubled breathing
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat  
    • Loss of taste or smell

If you answered ‘Yes' to any of the above - please do not visit Washington's Headquarters at this time.

Protective measures

During your visit, we require you to follow protective measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control, the State of New York, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the NYS Governor's Office. These measures are subject to change and will be updated on our website and other virtual platforms as new information becomes available.

  • Visitors over the age of 2 years old are required to properly wear a face covering (over nose and mouth) at all times while in any interior spaces.
  • For your safety, hand sanitizer stations will be available and should be used upon entering and exiting buildings.
  • All family groups must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other visitors and staff.

Making a reservation constitutes acknowledgement and acceptance of the site's COVID-19 Safety Policies and Protective Measures.


Reservations are made by calling the site at (845) 562-1195 and speaking with a staff member who will assist you.

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