History and Social Studies

Featured Historic Places/Sites

Bannerman Castle

Located on Pollepel Island, Bannerman Castle was once a storage site for military supplies during the 19th century. Accessible only by boat, groups can explore the mystery of the Bannerman Castle through a tour of the island and multimedia plays. Pollepel Island, Beacon, NY 12508. Tel: 1-845-831-6346. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Boscobel House and Gardens

Tour a Federal-period house, set with Federal furniture, art, and beautiful gardens. 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison, NY 10524. Tel: 845-265-3638. Cost: Fee.

Brookside Museum

Experience hands-on history at this 1792 hotel building in the historic Village of Ballston Spa. 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Tel: 518-885-4000. Cost: Fee.

Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park

1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202. 716-847-1773. Large inland naval park is home of the USS Little Rock, USS The Sullivans and the USS Croaker. Exhibit highlights: Contributions of African Americans to Military Heritage, Women in the Military, Marine Corps and Vietnam Veterans. Fee.

Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site at Val-Kill

Visit the beloved home of Eleanor Roosevelt and the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. 54 Valkill Park Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Tel: 845-229-9422. Cost: Free.

Erie Canal Museum

View the only existing weightlock building in the United States and learn about the history, construction, impact, and legacy of the Erie Canal. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse, NY 13202. Tel: 315-471-0593. Cost: Fee.

Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor Visitor Center

Peebles Island State Park, P.O. Box 219, Waterford, NY 12188. Center: 518 237-7000; Park: 518-237-8643. The Center offers an orientation to the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and local and regional attractions. Fee.

George Washington's Headquarters at Tappan

Groups will immerse themselves in the life of one of America’s most famed founding fathers as they tour displays and exhibits in the house and on the property. 20 Livingston St., Tappan, NY 10983. Tel: 845-359-1359. Cost: Free.

Harriet Tubman Home

Your group will learn about Tubman’s life through preserved personal items, archival exhibits, and informed tours from an experienced docent. 80 S Street Rd., Auburn, New York 13021. Tel: 315-252-2081. Cost: Fee.

Historic Hudson Valley

Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s Home, 1 W. Sunnyside Ln., Tarrytown, NY 10591. 914-631-8200. Historic Hudson sites include VAN CORTLANDT MANOR, the 18th-century stone manor house, THE UNION CHURCH, featuring stained glass windows by Matisse and Chagall, PHILIPSBURG MANOR, a milling, farming, and trading complex, and Washington Irving’s home. Free.

Hudson-Mohawk Heritage Area/ Riverspark Visitor's Center

58 Remsen St., Cohoes, NY 12047. 518-237-7999. Offers exhibits, movies, photographs and audio presentations about the area that featured canals for trade and was the center of the thriving iron and textile industries. Fee.

John Brown Farm & Gravesite

Visit the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. 115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. Tel: 518-523-3900. Cost: Fee.

John Jay Homestead

Groups will learn about John Jay’s role in creating a Revolutionary War spy network by looking for secret messages in the museum and creating their own secret messages with invisible ink. 400 Jay St., Katonah, NY 10536. Tel: 914-232-5651 ext. 101. Cost: Fee.

Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate

Experience the estate of one of the most influential figures of the Industrial Revolution! 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. Tel: 914-336-6900. Cost: Fee.

Locust Grove, The Samuel Morse Historic Site

Step back in time at this 200-acre estate and learn about the technology that made morse code and the telegraph possible. 2683 South Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Tel: 845-454-4500. Cost: Fee.

Murphy Orchards

Groups will walk along Hopkins Creek, which was traveled by those escaping slavery, and see the secret room under the barn used to hide them. 2402 McClew Rd, Burt, NY 14028. Tel: 716-778-7926. Cost: Fee.

Senate House State Historic Site

See paintings by Ammi Phillips, Joseph Tubby, James Bard, and Thomas Sully at this 1777 New York Senate House. 296 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401. Tel: 845-338-2786. Cost: Fee.

Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center

79 Farmstead Ln., Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. 845-831-1617. Features miles of nature trails, an 18th century stone farmhouse and 19th century barn, and learning center. Fee/Free.