day 1

Travel to West Point

Plan to arrive at the historic Thayer Hotel for a 5:00p.m. reception and overview of our plans for the weekend. This grand landmark sits on a hilltop overlooking the Hudson River and the United States Military Academy at West Point and has been visited by many Presidents and international leaders. Introduction by Dan Rice of the Thayer Leader Development Group.

Reception and Dinner at the Thayer Hotel.

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day 2

West Point & Stony Point

After breakfast we will have a brief session covering the Revolutionary War and the actions that took place in this area with special attention to the key historical figures. We then experience the history of West Point with our historian, Colonel Jim Johnson, Ph.D. (U.S. Army Ret.). Here General Thaddeus Kosciuszko completed the fortifications that were manned by the Continental Army throughout the war. In an infamous act of treason, Benedict Arnold unsuccessfully attempted to surrender West Point to the British. We study this significant episode in the war as well as others that occurred in the Hudson Valley. Important points of interest on the Academy grounds are the Kosciuszko Monument, Cadet Chapels, Trophy Point, the cemetery, Redoubt No. 4 and Fort Putnam. Morning activities with Colonel Jim Johnson, Ph.D. (U.S. Army Ret.)

Following lunch we have an extensive visit to the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site. After four years of war the British under Sir Henry Clinton had fortified Stony Point. We examine this pivotal battle in the northern colonies in which General Anthony Wayne wrested control of the lower Hudson River by seizing the “Little Gibraltar” fortress in July 1779 with one bold action. The oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River stands at the southern edge of the park. Bear Mountain nearby will give us an excellent view of the river and adjacent countryside from its summit. Afternoon activities with colonel Kevin Farrell, Ph.D. (U.S. Army Ret.)

Dinner at the Thayer Hotel.

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day 3

West Point

West Point Museum and Visitor Center. With a mission to “Preserve America’s Military Heritage,” the Museum offers displays and galleries that explore the history of warfare, the US Army and weaponry. The displays tell the West Point story from its founding in 1802 to modern times while featuring famous graduates through the decades.

After lunch we will go to Knox Headquarters. Artillery General Henry Knox, established his headquarters here as did General Nathanael Greene, and later General Horatio Gates when he was commander of the New Windsor Cantonment at the end of the war. At Fort Montgomery we see where the American defenders faced an overwhelming attack by the British and their mercenaries. The foundations of the barracks, powder magazine and fortress walls are reminders of the courageous stand of the patriots. We visit the New Windsor Cantonment that was base for 7-8,000 troops guarding the Hudson River access near the end of the war. Re-enactors will present soldiers’ winter camp life from the period. Afternoon activities with Colonel Jim Johnson, Ph.D. (U.S. Army Ret.)


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day 4

West Point - Morning seminar/discussion after breakfast

Today we explore George Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh. On a hill overlooking the Hudson River, this historic stone house was where the father of our country signed the “cessation of hostilities” order in 1783. The “Tower of Victory” monument that houses statuary of heroes of the Continental Army is located on the grounds. The Purple Heart Hall of Honor nearby holds the registry of all the recipients of the award created by General Washington (originally the Badge of Military Merit). Luncheon discussion of “Revolutionary War Leadership Applied to Today.”

In the afternoon we travel to the Franklin Roosevelt home in Hyde Park on the opposite side of the Hudson.

This evening we dine at the highly acclaimed Culinary Institute of America. In 1946, the college was founded as a vocational institute for returning veterans of World War II.

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day 5


We say our fond farewells to all of the new friends we have made on this enlightening historic experience.

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