From 1779 to 1783, some of the Continental Army's highest ranking generals made their headquarters at Jonathan Ellison's comfortable stone house in Vails Gate.
Major General Henry Knox, Commander of the army's artillery, lived here with his family while overseeing the artillery's preparations before the decisive battle at Yorktown, Virginia.
When the army returned to New York, Major-General Gates oversaw its encampment at New Windsor Cantonment and participated in the plot to turn the Continental Army against Congress, known to history as the Newburgh Addresses.
The house is furnished to reflect the Ellison's residence as well as the military headquarters
A trail leads to the remains of the family's 18th century mill