Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is located at 84 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12551 in Orange County.
"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 that he should be king after the war; ended the Newburgh conspiracy, preventing military control of the government; created and awarded the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart; and circulated a letter to State Governors that influenced the writing of the Constitution."
"Woman of History Award: We know there are many women who are dedicated to sharing and preserving our history. Perhaps you know of a woman who shares her love of history with children by taking them to historic places during her free time? Is there a woman who has done research about the Hudson Valley and has shared her findings to encourage others to do the same? Do you know a woman who has used her private time or resources to preserve a landmark of historic significance? These are just a few examples of what could qualify a woman to be a recipient of the award. As you can perceive, the nomination field is open to any woman who has cultivated interest and awareness of Hudson Valley history, either locally or nationally."
A Bit of History
"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, his officers and servants 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 at his headquarters in Newburgh that General Washington:
Rejected the idea that he should be king after the war
Ended the Newburgh conspiracy
Prevented military control of the government
Created and awarded the Badge of Military Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart
Circulated a letter to State Governors that influenced the writing of the Constitution
Announced the Cessation of Hostilities (Armistice)
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Things To Do at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site
Guided Tours Historic House
Learn the history surrounding this historic site
Picnic Area Scenic Views