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Site of the Battle of Saratoga
Saratoga National Historical Park, part of the US National Park Service, commemorates the site
where our emerging nation fought for its first victory in the Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolution.
Visiting the area? Be sure to schedule out time for a visit to the Saratoga National Historical Park. Whether you're a history buff or a nature lover, an afternoon at the this beautifully scenic park is a trip worth taking.
Plan for a fun visit filled with Upstate New York beauty at its finest and an authentic glimpse back into history. Park visitors can follow in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers and get a great view of the mountains by hiking on The Wilkinson Trail.
The Historical Park is made up of three separate units, all just a short drive from Saratoga Springs: the four-square mile Battlefield is in Stillwater; the General Philip Schuyler House, approximately seven miles north of the Battlefield, is in Schuylerville; and the Saratoga Monument, a 155-foot obelisk that commemorates the American victory, is located approximately 7 ½ miles north of the Battlefield in Victory. Both the Schuyler House and the Saratoga Monument are a 15 – 20 minute drive from the Battlefield.
The restored Schuyler House offers a glimpse into Colonial life and was the country home of American General Philip Schuyler. Schuyler had the home rebuilt after the British burned it to the ground during their retreat. The house offers free, guided tours Wednesdays through Sundays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, during the summer season, and tours are about 30 minutes long.
Saratoga.com Insider Tip – Time your visit during two very popular events each year – an 18th Century Day in August and an evening Candlelight Tour in October. See our events calendar for more information.
The Saratoga Monument
The Saratoga Monument is also open Wednesdays through Sundays during the summer season, and was built to commemorate where the British General Burgoyne surrendered. There is a brief talk by a Ranger stationed at the Monument. The presentation and the climb to and from the top of the 155-foot granite monument totals about 30 minutes. The view from the top offers a unique perspective of the farmlands and countryside where the Continental Army battled and the history of the world took a sharp turn towards liberty for all people.
North of the Saratoga Monument is a 22 acre parcel of land called Victory Woods. A trail through the woods opened to the public in June 2010, and it was the location of British General John Burgoyne's final encampment before his surrender to the American army on October 17, 1777.
Along the 1/2 mile boardwalk and trail, there are informational signs about John Burgoyne's surrounded army. The pathway is a scenic route through dense woodlands, and it's handicap accessible from Monument Drive. Be sure to check out the shallow trenches along the way - the last remnants of the fortifications.
To get to the Victory Woods Trail, there are a few options:
- Park at the Saratoga Monument and follow the pathway through Prospect Hill Cemetery to the trailhead for a 1.6 mile round trip walk.
- Just east of the Saratoga Monument, drive down Monument Drive and park at the end. The trailhead will be a short walk away.
Victory Woods is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Don't overlook the Visitor Center! This is where you can start your tour of the battlefield. It's open year-round and you will find a wealth of information about the history of the land. You can view a short 20-minute film, look at artifacts and browse through several displays, including interactive maps, before exploring through the battlefield itself.
Want to learn if you have roots at the park? Visitors can search in a database for ancestors who may have fought at Saratoga and can then be directed to the location where their ancestors fought in battle.
The Visitor Center also boasts a scenic overlook of the battlefield. There are several picnic tables and a covered patio behind the building to sit back and enjoy the natural landscape.
Visitors pay an entrance fee to receive a park map and brochure to use on a self-guided driving tour of the battlefield from April through November. There are 10 exhibit stops spread throughout nine miles.
There are several opportunities along the way to interact with the friendly park Rangers, touch real cannons used in the Revolutionary War and truly immerse yourself in the historical experience!
In addition to how historical this piece of land is, it is equally as beautiful. Trace through the soldiers' foot steps and prepare to be in awe of your surroundings. It begins at the scenic Freeman Farm Overlook which provides a stunning view of the tree line, hills and ravines, that has not changed much since 1777.
Another highlight of the tour is the charming red farmhouse known as the Neilson's house. When the Neilsons heard of the war, they fled, leaving their home behind. Inside, you will find a plethora of war artifacts including travel boxes, candles and other belongings from the soliders who used the home as their headquarters after the Neilsons left.
The view from Bemis Heights is also a stand-out and provides the same line of sight that the American soldiers had while looking down on the Hudson Valley in search of British soldiers.
If the weather permits, try walking, biking or even snow-shoeing along the way! There are several great spots to take a break, have a picnic or just take in the views.
For more information on the Battle of Saratoga, click here. You can also read a full excerpt from Edward J. Creasy's Fifteen Decisive Battles Of the World.