Since the first colonization of the Eastern Seaboard, New York State has played an important role in the development of the United States military. Across the state, you will find a wealth of forts, battlegrounds and military headquarters that preserve, recreate and honor our country’s military history. In the Hudson Valley, the United States Military Academy at West Point is situated majestically along the Hudson River. It was founded in 1778 as an army post, and in 1802 became what is today the country’s oldest service academy. Tour the grounds to take in its rich history, cadet parades and magnificent view of the Hudson.
Travel to the Adirondack village of Ticonderoga and experience life during the 18th century at Fort Ticonderoga, a restored garrison which dates back to the start of the French and Indian War in 1755 and was the site of events that helped shape the nations of North America and changed world history.
Three hundred years of history is just minutes from Niagara Falls in Youngstown at Old Fort Niagara. Built by the French in 1726, the fort was captured by the British during the French and Indian War, who later used it during the Revolutionary War and retained control of it until 1796. In the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, discover military history at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site. The site, on which a battle was fought in the War of 1812, today offers public exhibits, guided and self-guided tours, and the restored 1850’s Navy Yard and Commandant's House.