Discover our Military History
Since 1808, the continuous arrival and departure of American military personnel at Sackets Harbor Navy station, and later Madison Barracks Army Post, secured the community’s military history significance. By 1908, the Army Barracks became one of the oldest continuously occupied posts in the nation. That year, the 24th Infantry, one of only two African-American units, arrived at Madison Barracks. Today, visit the former army post to see architectural gems from 1816 to the present, a rare War of 1812 earthen works, and broad lawns where troops once paraded and played polo. Across the harbor, tour the Navy Yard which is part of the battlefield state historic site.