Newburgh Area

Newburgh Area (HMWTC)

Location: Wallkill, NY 12589 Orange County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 35.551', W 74° 5.298'

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Historic New York

Palatine German refugees from the religious wars of Europe settled on these river banks in 1709, and Dutch and French Huguenots followed. During the Revolution, control of the Hudson River was important for British strategy and for American defense. To block British advance up the river in May 1778, an iron chain with two-foot links forged at nearby Sterling Iron Works, was stretched across from West Point to Constitution Island. On July 16, 1779, General Anthony Wayne stormed and captured Stony Point. West Point was fortified and garrisoned. Its betrayal by Benedict Arnold in 1780 was thwarted by the capture of his British collaborator, Major John Andre. General Washington's headquarters were at Newburgh, 1782-83. General Henry Knox's headquarters were at Vail's Gate, and the last cantonment of the Continental Army was at Temple Hill.

River traffic first by sloop and then by steamboat brought increased population and commerce. Small factories sprang up and Newburgh as a thriving port in the nineteenth century was linked to the interior by turnpikes and later by railroads. Fruit growing flourished in the highlands.

The Catskill Mountains attract tourists and provide vacation resorts. Goshen, site of the original Hambletonian event, is famous for trotting horse races.
Series This marker is part of the New York: Historic New York series
Year Placed1965
Placed ByEducation Department – State of New York – N.Y.S. Thruway Authority
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 2:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 575984 N 4604936
Decimal Degrees41.59251667, -74.08830000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 35.551', W 74° 5.298'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 35' 33.06" N, 74° 5' 17.88" W
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Area Code(s)845
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 28-64 Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway, Wallkill NY 12589, US
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