New Windsor in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the cantonment’s buildings were auctioned to the public and dismantled, and the site was divided into smaller farms. Until his death in 1844, local veteran Jabesh Atwood farmed the parcel atop the hill where the cantonment’s central building, the “Temple of Virtue,” once stood. William L. McGill then purchased the property and enlarged it to 220 acres.
In 1932, the local community celebrated “Temple Hill Day” to recall the camp’s history. The National Temple Hill Association formed the following year to purchase the land and preserve Revolutionary War artifacts. During the 1960s, the association reconstructed the “Temple of Virtue” and erected other buildings before New York State acquired the property in 1967.
Erected by State of New York.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: New Windsor NY 12553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Publick Building Called the Temple" ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Temple ( about 300 feet away); The People of the New Windsor Cantonment ( about 400 feet away); Unknown Soldier ( about 400 feet away); Revolutionary Hut ( about 500 feet away); New Windsor Cantonment ( about 500 feet away); Temple Hill ( about 600 feet away); Purple Heart Memorial ( about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Windsor.
More about this marker. Several pictures appear on the marker. On the top is a picture of soldiers in camp with the caption “This 1883 illustration depicts how the landscape of the cantonment appeared in 1783. Note the ‘Temple’ building against the background of mountains toward the center.” In another picture, “Author Benson Lossing sketched the site of the cantonment in 1852 when it was still relatively clear of trees.”
Also see . . . New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site. New York State. (Submitted on July 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Military • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 917 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 3, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.