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Fort Putnam, West Point

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Fort Putnam was a military garrison during the Revolutionary War at West Point, New York, United States. Built by a regiment of Colonel Rufus Putnam's 5th Massachusetts Regiment, it was completed in 1778 with the purpose of supporting Fort Clinton, which sat on the edge of the Hudson River about 3/4 of a mile away. The fort was rebuilt and enlarged in 1794 before falling into disuse and disrepair as the military garrison at West Point became obsolete in the early mid-19th century. It underwent a major preservation as a historical site in 1909, and has been continually in the process of preservation since. Sitting at an altitude of 500 feet above sea level, it was West Point's largest garrison during the Revolutionary War. The Fort is under the supervision of the West Point Museum Director, David M. Reel, and is operated by the United States Army Garrison, West Point. Access to the Fort is seasonal and as summer staff are available.
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  • Great views of West Point and the Hudson Valley. Bring your camera! Also, you'll learn something about our nation's past and the history of this very famous post. 
    Great views of West Point and the Hudson Valley. Bring your camera! Also, you'll learn something about our nation's past and the history of this very famous post.  more »
  • From Ft. Putnam, you can get a panoramic view of the grounds and buildings of the US Military Academy at West Point and the area in which it is situated. 
    From Ft. Putnam, you can get a panoramic view of the grounds and buildings of the US Military Academy at West Point and the area in which it is situated.  more »
  • Fort Putnam is one of the small forts and redoubts that guarded the Hudson River during the Revolutionary War which Benedict Arnold was planning to turn over to the British. The view shows its... 
    Fort Putnam is one of the small forts and redoubts that guarded the Hudson River during the Revolutionary War which Benedict Arnold was planning to turn over to the British. The view shows its...  more »
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  • A great place to visit when it's open (which isn't that often). The best way to know the schedule is on Facebook, but generally Fort Putnam is open on football Saturdays from before the parade until around the end of the game. Amazing views and great history.
  • A beautiful out of the way gem on West Point. Male sure it's open before you go check it out. Contact the local MWR for more details.
  • Called the number listed. A lady answered from West Point Museum, was rude from the beginning. Said she had no idea when Fort Putnam opened. So basically I got no info.
  • Three images attached. The one with the most hazy view across the river is by William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), an original documenter of the sites of the Hudson River for European audiences, Bartletts' subject here is the abandoned Fort which predated West Point. Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900) painted the view which includes the bare tree; an oddity for a painter who reveled in the treasure of the autumn colors. It may reflect the ruins of the Fort Putnam The most lush rendering was painted by Thomas Cole (1801-1848), the patriarch of the Hudson River School of landscape painting. This site became a subject for several painters, in part due to the association of the Fort with the glorious Revolution, and the air of ruins when the Fort fell into disuse
  • Very beautiful.

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