Picture of the Week


Photo by Matthew Colon, Director of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands.

This Dutch vernacular stone farm house was built between the 1750 and 1770 for Jonathan Hasbrouck and his family. Towards the end of the Revolutionary War, General George Washington used the home as his military headquarters. His accomplishments here include rejecting the suggestion of an American monarchy; creating the Badge of Military Merit, the forerunner of the Purple Heart; and announcing the cease-fire that ended the Revolutionary War.

Washington’s Headquarters is featured as an “Additional Site of Interest” on the Candlelight Tour of Homes, organized by the Newburgh Historical Society. For many years, this site has been a participating organization while promoting Newburgh’s remarkable Revolutionary War history with their open house event, “Warm Up at the Washingtons’.”

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