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Accessibility Enhanced at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site

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This article originally appeared in a NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation newsletter.

Grounds and parking at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, Orange County, are now more fully accessible to all visitors.

The nation's first publicly owned historic site is more open and accessible to all under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) through a $1.8 million project funded by NY Works. The project included repair of existing bluestone walkways, enhancement of accessible parking, new fencing, and improvements to accessible paths on nearly seven acres of grounds overlooking the Hudson River. Pathways and parking are now ADA compliant.

Work also reinstalled the East Gate and established an ADA-compliant path to the recently restored Tower of Victory, which was built in 1887 to mark the centennial of victory in the War for Independence. Improved exterior lighting and drainage were also installed. A new 60-foot flagpole and new flags also were added with support from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands (FSHSHH). Read more...