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West Point Area

We have been a little lazy for the past couple of days. Arrived in Newburg, NY Friday. It was a “tough” 50-mile drive. We are staying at a KOA. A bit different from the run of the mill KOA’s. This one is not close to any major highways or any traffic noise. It also has wooded shady sites. It is very nice for a KOA. We selected this KOA due to its closeness to West Point and the airport. We spent Friday catching up on some rest, housekeeping chores and preparing for the arrival of Tim and Kory.

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Tim and Kory arriving at Newburg airport.

It is a very small nice airport. It is larger than Gainesville’s airport but smaller than the Orlando-Sanford airport. If you fly here to go to NYC you can catch a bus to the train station then catch the train to Grand Central Station in NYC. It is about a two-hour trip, but may be worth it to avoid the crowds at LaGuardia or JFK.

After their arrival all of us took a tour of George Washington’s Headquarters. General Washington occupied this building during the final 16 ½ months of the Revolutionary war, from 1782 –1783.

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Our guide and headquarter building behind.

The stone construction headquarter building was a privately home owned by the Hasbrouck’s. They reluctantly lent it to the army for George’s Headquarters.

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Here is a photo of the keystone above the door noting that the house was built in 1750.

It served as the sleeping and living quarters for George and Martha as well as General Washington’s top military staff. The house is located directly on the Hudson River north of WestPoint. West Point was a major fortification for the area. West Point is some 12 miles south and could be seen from the position of this house.

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This tower was a major lookout some 100 feet from the house, closer to the river.

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A closer view of the tower.

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There are spiral staircases in the corners to allow access to the top for the lookouts.

Later in the day we drove to Tim’s brothers family at their house on base at West Point. What a beautiful army base overlooking the Hudson. Tomorrow Mike and MaryJo will take us on a tour of West Point.

Happy Trails!

Posted by popding 11:50

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