Stepping Back in History – Saratoga Battlefield

Dave and I are enjoying our National Parks during the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the National Park Service.  We spend numerous times throughout every year at these spectacular places that have been set aside for all of our enjoyment.  All of these parks, including National Recreation Areas, National Historic Parks, etc are steeped in our history.

We recently spent a lovely fall weekend in New York State visiting two of these National Parks.  The first one was Saratoga National Historic Park.  About 3 hours away from our home in NorthWestern New Jersey, the Saratoga Battlefield is north of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  The Battlefield lies just north of Albany not very far from the SouthWest corner of Vermont.

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Two battles took place here in the Fall of 1777 – one on September 19th and the second October 7, 1777.  These battles were seen as a decisive victory for the American rebels against the English Troops.  The victory here and surrender by the British troops that were in Saratoga provided a much-needed moral boost to the fledgling American army.  The final definitive battle taking place in Yorktown four years later in October of 1781.

It was at the Battle of Saratoga that Benedict Arnold operating against General Gates’ orders helped to turn the tide for the American Troops.  This was also the site where he was shot severely in his left leg, eventually leaving this leg 2″ shorter than the right. During his stay in Saratoga, General Arnold and General Enoch Poor were housed in the Neilson House shown below.

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There is one way loop road through the park.  Along the way there are stops with interpretive signs, however the best way to take the road tour is to use either your cell phone or via a tour app.  Both of these options provide for a narrative of the sites throughout the park.

There are also 3 other locations that are attached to this National Historic Park and they include Victory Woods, the Schuyler House (and yes this was at one time a house enjoyed by Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler) and the Saratoga Monument.

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