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Spoil yourself on a shopping spree, enjoy some fine dining, or just walk along the Armory Square neighborhood on the west side of downtown Syracuse. Bring your history buff friends to northern New York for a tour of Fort Ticonderoga and learn about the crucial role the fort played in the Revolutionary War as well as many other conflicts that helped shape the 18th-century.

Forge a deeper respect for the American military tradition by paying a visit to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Step inside a classic 19th-century New York mansion when you take a tour of the Hart-Cluett mansion in Troy. Gaze at the jaw-dropping beauty of 17th-century architecture and learn more about New York’s religious traditions at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow.

Travel just north of the Bronx, to Mount Vernon, and walk through St. Paul’s Church; one of the Empire State’s oldest parishes and what served the role of military hospital following the Revolutionary War Battle of Pell’s Point. Visit the Catskill home and studio of 19th-century painter and Hudson River School founder Thomas Cole. Plan a fun day at Vanderbilt Mansion or the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. 

Armory Square

With construction dating back to 1870, Amory Square is a historic district in the west part of downtown Syracuse, New York.

The central New York attraction features classic Queen Anne and Romanesque architecture in landmark properties like the Donohue Building and the Butler Block.

Originally a busy commercial and industrial area, the neighborhood now serves as retail, dining, and nightlife destination – popular with students from nearby Syracuse University and Le Moyne College.

The area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fort Ticonderoga

Completed in 1757, Fort Ticonderoga is located in upstate New York's Adirondacks region in the town of Ticonderoga.

The Fort served during the Seven Years' War – Also known as the French and Indian War – before playing a role in the American Revolutionary War. Each May, the Fort opens to visitors before closing in late October.

During the summer, the Living History Education Foundation hosts week-long teacher programs at Ticonderoga to train Living History teachers on conveying the importance of the Fort to the wars in which it served.

Hart-Cluett Mansion

Enjoy your time in the Capital District of New York by visiting Troy – located on the eastern bank of the Hudson River. Troy is home to the historic Hart-Cluett Mansion – a Federal-style townhouse museum built in 1827 by John Bard Colgrove

The Hart-Cluett Mansion remains one of the best preserved houses of this style in Troy. The offices of the Rensselaer County Historical Society are located in the mansion and adjacent Carr Building.

Tour this wonderful two-and-a-half story marble mansion in the Central Troy Historic District, the only remaining marble house in the vicinity. Take note of the architrave around the portico, the two chimneys, the tin gabled roof, the original furnishings, high ceilings, marble mantelpiece, dining room mirror, the basement kitchen, and the former carriage house.

Old Dutch Church

New York is rich in history and culture – at all ends and corners of the state, you can find historic sites and buildings. On your next visit to New York, be sure to explore the Catskills region and check out the Old Dutch Church. Plan a stay in the city of Kingston, known for it's history in shipping and boating.

The Old Dutch Church is a mainstay in Kingston – with it's roots dating back to 1659, it's one of the oldest existing congregations in existence. The current building where the Old Dutch Church holds services is it's fifth – it's an 1852 structure constructed by Minard Lafever. Be sure to snap a few pictures of the church's impressive 225-foot tall steeple.

Rondout Lighthouse

Make your travel plans for a trek through New York and head for the Catskills region – be sure to make Kingston your landing spot. Charming, historic, and full of life, Kingston yields full days of exploration, fun, and excitement. You'll want to spend an afternoon exploring the Hudson with a trip to the Rondout Lighthouse.

Built and lit in 1915, the Rondout Lighthouse is the last of the three Rondout Creek lighthouses. Today, the Rondout Lighthouse is still fully operational, and is one of only seven remaining lighthouses on the entirety of the Hudson River. The Rondout Lighthouse is available for tours through the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site

Located in The Bronx in the NYC metropolitan area, Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site was constructed in 1765, and today is managed by the National Park Service and the Society of the National Shrine of the Bill of Rights at Saint Paul's Church.

The site includes the historic Saint Paul's Church and the surrounding five-acre cemetery – with burial sites dating to 1704. Attracting nearly 14,000 annual visitors, Saint Paul's Church offers guided tours like the Church Tower Walks, and the exhibit "A Conservative Union Parish: St. Paul's Church and the Civil War" in the visitor center.

United States Military Academy

Established in 1802, the United States Military Academy is a U.S. National Historic Landmark listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Also known as West Point, USMA, and the Point, the United States Military Academy at West Point is located in New York's Catskills region.

West Point’s campus covers 16,080 acres, and includes sites like Trophy Point, Cadet Chapel, West Point Museum, and West Point Cemetery. This U.S. Service academy accepts roughly 1,300 undergraduate cadets each year.

The Point also features the Black Knights – 24 varsity sports teams within the NCAA Division I. The Army Black Knights battle on at facilities like Michie Stadium and Gillis Field House.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Travel back through time at the Buffalo Heritage Village in western New York. This 32-acre park features a variety of real-life displays and architectural recreations exhibiting the life and times of colonial Buffalo.

Hear the stories from dedicated interpreters as you walk through colonial homes, schoolhouses, churches, and even a working blacksmith shop. Be sure to visit during one of the village’s special presentations as well, like Behind-the-Scenes Woodworking tour.

Matthewis Persen House

Of the many historic and meaningful attractions you can visit during your next stay in New York, the Matthewis Persen House might be top choices in Kingston. Head for the Catskills region and enjoy your stay in Kingston with a tour of the Matthewis Persen House.

This historic home belonged to Matthewis Persen from 1739 to 1819. The Persen house is open for tours throughout the year, but does features seasonal hours of operation. There's never a fee to embark upon a tour of the Matthewis Persen House, and you can always call ahead to reserve a tour for larger groups.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Set on the west bank of the Hudson River, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site is a U.S. National Historic Landmark constructed in 1812.

Managed by the National Park Service since 1999, the site preserves artists Thomas Cole’s home and studio. Also known as the Thomas Cole House and Cedar Grove, the site covers 3.5 acres, and is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Visitors can catch a film on the Hudson River School, stroll the flower gardens, or tour the Main House and Old Studio in the Catskill Mountains.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

A U.S. Historic district, the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is a 211-acre site managed by the National Park Service.

Found on the east bank of the Hudson River, the Vanderbilt Mansion is located in Hyde Park within New York's Catskills.

Representing the living style of the Gilded Age, the 54-room Vanderbilt Mansion was purchased in 1895 by Frederick William Vanderbilt.

Today this National Park site offers cell phone tours of the mansion, plus the Hyde Park Healthy Trails, the Riverfront Podcast Trail Tour, and tours of the formal gardens.

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Located in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site preserves the home of the eighth president, Martin Van Buren.

The historic site encompasses 125 acres in Kinderhook – roughly 20 miles south of Albany along the Hudson River.

Due to the large outdoor area abound, guests can explore the park via several nature trails, including, the Lindenwalk Wayside and Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage trails.

Moreover, guided tours of Van Buren’s Lindenwald Farm are offered almost daily.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Located in Oyster Bay – just north of Woodbury in the New York Metropolitan area – the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site preserves the former home of western New York native and former president, Theodore Roosevelt. The historic site encompass over 80 acres, and is commonly known has Roosevelt’s “Summer White House.”

Roosevelt’s home is available for guided tours, while the neighboring Theodore Roosevelt Museum is chock full of historic displays and exhibits displaying the life of the 26th president. Apart from the historical activities abound, guests can explore acres upon acres of landscape – including nearby Eel Creek and Cold Spring Harbor.