First, a little history…
In the fall of 1777, during the American Revolution, one of the most dramatic and significant episodes in the nation’s history played out in the seemingly serene fields and woods of the Saratoga Battlefield in Stillwater, NY. During the summer of that year, an invading British army had been advancing from Canada with measured, ominous intent, while the region waited, uneasy and uncertain of its fate.The British were met in September by a defiant American army that had assembled at Stillwater to “draw a line in the sand.” The rebellious colonists were determined that the invasion would advance no further. After a period of several weeks, a series of skirmishes, and two ferocious full-scale battles, the Americans proved victorious.
For the first time in the War, the so-called “rabble” of the American army had faced a professional British army on the field, and won a decisive victory. The Battles of Saratoga are referred to as the “Turning Point of the Revolution” because was here that the fledgling nation proved to the world, and to itself, that it had the resolve to win its independence from Great Britain.
The Battlefield Today
The Battlefield is actually a lot more than just a battlefield. It’s managed by the National Park Service as part of Saratoga National Historical Park. With over 3,000 acres, the Battlefield is valued as a natural and recreational resource, as well as a significant historical site.A staffed visitors’ center is located on the property, which can be toured by car, bicycle, foot, and even by horseback.
The Battlefield is one of four related historic sites that make up Saratoga NHP. The Park also includes:
- Saratoga National Historical Park, There are a number of events and programs held at the Park each year, ranging from living history to live music to guided nature walks. Detailed information about the Park’s history, attractions, and event schedule is available at the park website. Tap to go to the SNHP site
- The Schuyler House, the stately home of American General Philip Schuyler. Tap for a PDF brochure.
- Victory Woods, site of the retreating British Army’s final encampment. Tap for a PDF brochure.
- The Saratoga Monument, built to commemorate the centennial of the battles. Tap for a PDF brochure.
There are a number of events and programs held at the Park each year, ranging from living history to live music to guided nature walks. Detailed information about the Park’s history, attractions, and event schedule is available at the Saratoga National Historical Park website.