05/06/14 3:30pm

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See this notice from the City:

Brown’s Pond to Open for Fishing May 21, 2014

Brown’s Pond will open for fishing on May 21, 2014. Fishing will be from City-supplied boats only; NO outside boats will be allowed. The hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no fishing allowed from the shore.

The fees for boat rentals in Brown’s Pond are as follows:

Daily Permit:

1)  One person

  1. City of Newburgh residents: $6/day

  2. Non-City of Newburgh resident $10/day

2)   Extra passengers:

       a) Two City of Newburgh residents: $4 per person per day

       b) Two non-City of Newburgh residents: $8 per person per day

       c) Three City of Newburgh residents: $14 per person per day

       d) Three non-City of Newburgh residents: $26 per person per day

Masterson Park (Little Britain Road) is also open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends for fishing from the shore only.

Fishing licenses are required; all anglers must abide by DEC regulations regarding taking of fish.

Image via Google Maps

10/15/13 9:30am


Press release:

It is Autumn in the Hudson Valley. Trees are shedding their leaves, the air is crisp and clear, and pumpkins are dotting the landscape.  Though the last day for our Autumn Schedule is Sunday, October 27th, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is gearing up for an eventful Winter Schedule. Starting Friday, November 8th, the site will be open every Friday and Saturday, 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We will be available to visitors by appointment Tuesday through Thursday and also open for Special Events. Now, as for those Winter Special Events – we have some great ones this season! They are:

Warm Up At The Washingtons’ taking place on Sunday, December 8th , from 12:00PM-4:00PM. Start the season with a visit to our historic headquarters. Take a break from gift shopping and writing cards to see how the Washingtons acknowledged this season during the last winter of the Revolutionary War. Walk through seasonally decorated rooms while you are serenaded by the Salmagundi Consort. In each room a historic interpreter will answer your questions and supply an overview about what you are seeing and how life was at that time. Finish your visit to General and Mrs. Washington’s rented domicile with some cookies and cider by an outdoor fire. The admission is free for the day, compliments of the Friends of the State
Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands.

While in the neighborhood visiting us, stop in and see the homes featured on the Candlelight Tours. Contact the Crawford House at 845-561-2585 for more information and ticket prices.

Winter Welcome Week  will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 26th, 27th and 28th , from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM each day.  18th Century attired historic Interpreters will guide you through the headquarters where General and Mrs. Washington resided during the last 16 ½ months of the Revolutionary War. In these rooms, decorated for the holiday season, Washington announced the cease fire, rejected a monarchy, and created and awarded the Badge of Military Merit, precursor of the Purple Heart.

Along with the headquarters, admission to the Museum, featuring “Unpacked and Rediscovered,” our award-winning  exhibit of over 1,300 artifacts, is included and a take-home activity will be offered to all those young at heart.

Presidents Day Weekend – Mark your 2014 calendar and bring an appetite to our annual George Washington Birthday Celebration. It’s a three-day event on February 15th, 16th, and 17th, from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Admission to the Headquarters and Museum is free those three days and includes military demonstrations, presentations, music, and a take-home souvenir.

The General’s Lady, our tribute to Martha Washington, will take place in March. At that event, the 2014 Woman of History Award will be given to a woman who has contributed to the betterment of Hudson River Valley history.

These are just sneak previews of the events planned during our Winter Schedule. Keep looking for upcoming announcements and visit us on our website and Facebook, or call 845-562-1195 for more information.

09/09/13 9:30am


Press release:

Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site will be holding their annual “Kites Over The Hudson” event this year during the 2013 Hudson River Valley Ramble on Saturday, September 21st at 2:00 PM. The event was held for over thirty years at the historic Headquarters and Museum every August. However, this year the event will coincide with the Ramble, which is held during the four weekends in September. With autumn winds approaching, it’s hoped kites will be airborne longer and higher.

As in the past, the first 150 children under the age of 15 will receive a free kite and prizes will be awarded in various categories. Museum admission and admission to the headquarters used by General and Mrs. Washington during the last days of the Revolutionary War is free, thanks to the support of Central Hudson and the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands.

Come fly a kite and add some color to the majestic Hudson River’s breathtaking view. Come enjoy a day of family fun and fresh air.

Call 845-562-1195 for further details or directions.

08/26/13 9:30am

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Press release:

The 25th Annual International Festival will be held over Labor Day Weekend, August 30- Sept. 2.  This year’s festival will once again be on the grounds of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center at 321 S. William Street. There will be vendors, a variety of international and local cuisine, a carnival with rides and games, and a special appearance by Polka King Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra on Monday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. The Festival will also feature music by local bands and other performing artists.

The show will go on, rain or shine. Midway rides and early-bird vendors will begin on Friday around 5 p.m. The festivities will be in full swing with a wide range of vendors, carnival rides and attractions on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m., and on Monday from noon till 10 p.m.

08/13/13 7:30am


Press release and online flyer:

The battle for the Hudson Valley Croquet Crown is about to begin – and you’re invited to play.

The Newburgh Historical Society challenges the Beacon Historical Society to a West Shore vs. East Shore game on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m., in Newburgh’s Downing Park, at the corner of Robinson Ave. and South St.

Where do your loyalties lie – Newburgh, Fishkill, Kingston, Beacon, New Paltz or Poughkeepsie areas? Choose a side and join the action in this friendly game in the park. We’ll teach beginners how to play.

City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy hopes to lead the West Shore to victory as team captain, and a “challenge” has been issued to the City of Beacon Mayor Randy Casale to grab a win for the East Shore team.

Show your team spirit by wearing something representing what you love about the history of your community. Or, sport a Gibson girl look for a little historical fun.

The winners get their names emblazoned on a trophy. The losers go home with heavy hearts.

The Historical Society will provide old-timey music, historical games, light refreshments, and participants can bring their own picnics. T-shirt sales and raffle with prizes benefit the community groups involved. The event is co-presented with the Downing Park Planning Committee and the Newburgh Preservation Association.

For more information, contact Johanna Porr at 845-561-2585 joh.porr@gmail.com or Diane Lapis beaconhistorical@gmail.com

10/09/12 7:00am

The Newburgh Historical Society is sponsoring a hike up Snake Hill in New Windsor on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1PM.  Come with us up this well known but less often visited little mountain with Newburgh City Historian Mary McTamaney and Michael McGurty of the New Windsor Cantonment who will tell of the history of the area and also tell stories about Snake Hill.  At the summit you will see “Spy Rock” which will give you one of the most scenic vistas of the Hudson River Valley.  Bring cameras and comfortable walking shoes.  We will meet at the Crawford House, 189 Montgomery Street, Newburgh, at 1 PM before car-pooling up to the start of the hike.  Directions will be provided.  Donations of $5.00 per person for non-Society members; members are free.  The hike will go on rain or shine.  Call 561-2585 for any questions.

Photo © NY Public Library, Fishkill Landing, with Newburgh and Snake Hill in the distance. ([1860?-1875?])  by E. & H.T. Anthony