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West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

McLean Historical Museum Building

 
 
McLean Historical Museum Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
1. McLean Historical Museum Building Marker
Inscription.
Constructed in 1975 on top of a 1909 structure, the McLean Historical Museum Building was modeled after the Revolutionary War officer’s hut and “The Temple” located at the New Windsor Cantonment (12 miles north of West Point) and designed as a type of barracks building which could have stood in Fort Putnam. Historical records indicate that in 1780 there was a “slight wooden barrack” in the fort. The museum building contains historical and archeological displays portraying the military history of the Hudson Highlands and West Point, 1775-1783, and a special terrain model which explains the history in sound and light. The building was constructed through the generosity of Colonel Henry Charles McLean, Class of 1912 United States Military Academy, 1975.
 
Location. 41° 23.407′ N, 73° 57.836′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Delafield Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located inside Fort Putnam on the grounds of the United States Military Academy. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archeology, 1974 (a few steps from this marker); Bronze Field Guns
McLean Historical Museum Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
2. McLean Historical Museum Building Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Casemates (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery and Mortars (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Embrasure (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Putnam (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); Sherburne’s Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in West Point.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable Buildings
 
Marker in Fort Putnam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
3. Marker in Fort Putnam
McLean Historical Museum Building image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
4. McLean Historical Museum Building
The museum building represents the rare wooden barrack in Fort Putnam. Most of the garrison of 300 men stationed in the fort slept in tents.
Museum Building in Fort Putnam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
5. Museum Building in Fort Putnam
Inside the McLean Historical Museum Building image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
6. Inside the McLean Historical Museum Building
Electric Map and Other Exhibits image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
7. Electric Map and Other Exhibits
The West Point Chain 1778-1782 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
8. The West Point Chain 1778-1782
During the Revolutionary War, a chain was stretched across the Hudson River between West Point and Constitution Island to impede British ships from traveling upriver. Several links of the chain are displayed in the museum.
Entrance to Fort Putnam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 8, 2012
9. Entrance to Fort Putnam
The McLean Historical Museum Building marker is located in Fort Putnam at West Point.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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