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Historic Sites in New York State

There's no better way to discover New York State's eye-opening history than at our numerous historical sites.

Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh is the nation's first public historic site, and the General spent more time there than any other place during the Revolution. Wander the battlefields of the Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater where the halting the British in 1777 is considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War, and one of the 15 greatest battles in world history.  Some sites, like Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego, built by the British in 1755 and destroyed by the French in 1756, have a dual place in history: in addition to its life as a military garrison, it served as a Holocaust survival camp from 1944-1946, the only one of its kind in the country.

The North Creek Depot Museum in the Adirondacks is where, in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt first learned of President McKinley's death and started his midnight ride to Buffalo to be inaugurated as president.  Experience the historic moment further at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo through interactive exhibits.

In Seneca Falls you’ll find the Women's Rights National Historical Park which tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention, held in 1848 in the Wesleyan Chapel, and the struggle for rights and equality. The Gay Liberation Monument in New York City's Greenwich Village is across from the Stonewall Inn where LGBTQ patrons stood up against police raids at what is seen as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

At Thomas Cole National Historic Site explore the historic home and studio of the founder of the Hudson River School and see for yourself the magnificent views that inspired the uniquely American style of painting.

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