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Discover Saratoga's Beautiful Historic Park
Saratoga National Historic 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 Historic Park. Whether you're a history buff or a nature lover, an afternoon at the this beautifully scenic park is a trip worth taking.
The restored Schuyler House offers a glimpse into Colonial life and was the country home of American General Philip Schuyler that he had 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 takes about 30 minutes.
The Saratoga MonumentThe 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.
The BattlefieldDon't overlook the Visitor Center! This is where you can start your tour of the battlefield. It's open year-round and there, 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 Neilson's 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 Neilson's 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.