Historic Saratoga Locations & Figures

The history of Saratoga Springs NY has profound local and national significance. From the crucial Battle of Saratoga and the early colonial settlers to the Saratoga Race Track, the Gambling Era, and the significant role played by the USS Saratoga in US naval history, the rich history of Saratoga Springs NY is colorful and wide ranging.

In this section, you'll find the stories behind some of the most popular historic locations and figures that you will encounter in Saratoga Springs, NY.

  • Mineral Springs

    Downtown Saratoga Springs New York Among the few naturally carbonated springs in the country, Saratoga's mineral springs have been subject to lure and legend since Native Americans discovered their restorative and healing powers.

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  • Battle of Saratoga

    Saratoga Performing Arts Center The Battle of Saratoga comprised oftwo significant battles during September and October of 1777, and was a crucial victory for the Patriots during the American Revolution. It is considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War.

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  • USS Saratoga

    Harness Racing At RACINO There have been six US Navy ships named after the historic Battle of Saratoga. The most recent was the USS Saratoga, commissioned as a US Naval Attach Aircraft Carrier (CVA-60) in 1956 and retired from service in 1994.

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  • Saratoga Race Course

    Flat Track At Saratoga Race Course The Saratoga Race Course is over 150 years-old and is the oldest track of its type in the United States. It is also considered one of the oldes sporting venues in the country.

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  • Franklin Square

    Flat Track At Saratoga Race Course See the historic mid-19th Century architecture of these beautiful properties. They are only a three-minute walk from Broadway and display Saratoga's long-lasting appreciation for historic structures and architecture.

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  • Solomon Northup

    Congress Park In Saratoga Springs Quickly becoming one of Saratoga Springs' most famous figures, Solomon Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. His story is the subject of his own autobiography and the Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave.

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  • Historic Park

    Saratoga National Historic Park History comes alive at this popular hot spot! Discover Saratoga National Historic Park where the Battle of Saratoga was fought and won, shaping our nation's future. The park features intriguing artifacts and engaging activities, making history fun for all ages.

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  • Historic Photos

    Saratoga Spa State Park With 1,435 stereoscopic images in the collection, the Saratoga Springs Public Library holds the largest public collection of stereoviews of Saratoga Springs in the world. See some of the historic photos and locations.

    Discover Saratoga History Through Photos »

  • Throwback Thursday Blog

    Saratoga Lake See your favorite locations in Saratoga Springs as they were hundreds of years ago! On the Throwback Thursday blog, you'll find historic photos of Saratoga locations posted frequently.

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