“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Highland Falls in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Town of Highlands

Town of Highlands Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, July 12, 2022
1. Town of Highlands Marker
Welcome to the Town of Highlands
Highland Falls • Fort Montgomery • West Point • Bear Mountain State Park

There are many dining options in the Town of Highlands, as well as unique cultural and historic attractions.

These include the newly rebuilt West Point Visitors Center and Museum, a Tiffany window in the Church of the Holy Innocents, and the historic Battle Site in Ft. Montgomery. Bear Mountain State Park offers over 5,000 acres for hiking, picnicking, dining, and lodging, plus a zoo with local animals and a real old-fashioned carousel. West Point has golfing and skiing open to the public, and the Iona Island bird sanctuary in the Hudson River is a treat for nature lovers.

Henry Hudson sailed up our river on his small ship, the Half Moon, in 1609. Much of our history is pre-Revolutionary War, such as the small mountain hamlet of Doodletown in Bear Mountain State Park. There are also many small forts (redoubts) along the river which were later to become part of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1802.

The Battle of Ft. Montgomery in 1777 helped the Americans retain control of the
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Hudson River during the American Revolution.

In more recent history, we boast the song "Summer, Highland Falls" by Billy Joel. And in 1981, our town folk cheered the return of the Iran hostages, who were brought here to begin their recovery, thus distinguishing us as "Hometown USA."

For more in-depth historical information (such as the Great Chain), and current events on our calendar, please visit our website at:
Erected by Town of Highlands Chamber of Commerce.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1609.
Location. 41° 22.382′ N, 73° 57.777′ W. Marker is in Highland Falls, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Main Street and Aylward Way, on the right when traveling north. Located at the parking lot entrance to the West Point Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highland Falls NY 10928, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lafayette's Tour (a few steps from this marker); The Path to Victory (a few steps from this marker); Essayons— “Let Us Try” (a few steps from this marker); Abrams Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); The Army Mule (within shouting
Town of Highlands Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, July 12, 2022
2. Town of Highlands Marker
distance of this marker); USMA Class of 1954 Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andre Cavaro Lucas (about 300 feet away); Benjamin J. Havens (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highland Falls.
Also see . . .  Highlands Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted on July 28, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 73 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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