The New Windsor Cantonment has been one of my favorite places to photograph, but last Monday, Presidents’ Day, was actually the first time I had been there in a while. Of course, there was lots of snow, and this challenged me to look at the place with a new eye.
If you’re not familiar with the New Windsor Cantonment, it’s well worth a visit if you’re traveling through Orange County. It’s also known as “the last encampment,” because it was indeed the last encampment of General George Washington’s Continental Army before the end of the Revolutionary War. Today you can walk the grounds and see the (mostly reconstructed) buildings, and on special days, such as on Presidents’ and Memorial Day Weekends, reenactors offer demonstrations of military and camp life. Also on the site is the Purple Heart Hall of Honor. For further information on this historic site (including opening times), visit the website for NY State Parks.