An Army Trades Weekend has been set for Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 from 10 am to 4 pm, at Saratoga National Historic Park.
In the Revolutionary War, armies employed a variety of professional tradesmen and women who worked to provide and repair supplies needed by the troops. Blacksmiths made or fixed ironwork; tailors and seamstress sewed and repaired clothing; Woodworkers built barrels, carriages, and wheels; Tinsmiths made artillery cartridge casings; Armorers repaired muskets; Cordwainers made military accoutrements and shoes for the troops. Continue reading
Saratoga National Historical Park is set to celebrate National Park Week from April 21-29, with several events and programs.
Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 4 pm will celebrate kids on Jr. Ranger Day. Children and their families can join in a variety of free, hands-on activities including a touch table with animal skins and skulls, talk to a real wildland firefighter, run in a relay race, dress up in a uniform, or complete a Junior Ranger activity book. Children will earn their free Junior Ranger badge by participating. Continue reading
Saratoga National Historical Park has announced their Winter 100 Mile Challenge, the public is invited to snowshoe, ski, or hike the parks trails and try to accumulate 100 miles at the battlefield between now and April 30, 2018.
Through this challenge people can enjoy the rich natural and cultural heritage of this local site as they explore their national park.
Anyone can take part in this challenge, human and canine. To complete this challenge, each participating pet must hike 100 miles in the park with their human companion, following park pet policies. Continue reading
The Tour Road through Saratoga National Historical Park will be closed through Friday, August 25, 2017 for resurfacing and again Tuesday, August 29 for surface repairs. This is part of a routine cyclic maintenance project in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration.
The project is focusing on all major bridges and culverts in the park, specifically the bridges and culverts on the Entrance Road and the pier bridge on the Tour Road. Please use caution when driving on the Entrance Road for the next month. Continue reading
Saratoga National Historical Park is hosting an Army Trades Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 2017.
Armies in the American Revolution were towns on the move and included important craftsmen like blacksmiths, carpenters, tailors, shoemakers, and tinsmiths. These tradesmen and women kept armies clothed, and repaired vital items needed in the fight for freedom. Continue reading
Saratoga National Historical Park finalized the acquisition of 170 acres of historically significant land in April, after 10 years of collaboration with the Open Space Institute (OSI). After a minor administrative boundary adjustment to the park in 2016, Saratoga successfully secured funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to provide for the transfer of the property from OSI. Continue reading
2016 marked a banner year for visitation at Saratoga National Historical Park. Over 102,000 people visited the park during the 100th anniversary year of the National Park Service.
This was a 58% increase in park visitation from 2015. The park witnessed an increase in visitors attending ranger programs, special events, hiking and cycling, and touring the park’s historic sites, according to the Park Service. Continue reading
As discussed in a previous post on this New York History Blog, the state’s historical community might want to consider organizing an effort to commemorate New York State’s Birthday.
We could use April 20, the date the first State Constitution was completed in Kingston in 1777, or April 22, the date it was first read and officially proclaimed, bringing the new state into existence. This would give us an opportunity each year not only to review New York State’s historical origins, but also to call public attention to various aspects of the state’s 240+ years of history.
We might want to consider designating a historical driving trail, a good fit for the I Love New York’s heritage tourism “Path Through History” program, perhaps calling it the New York Statehood Trail. “Path Through History” has its own list of Revolutionary War sites. Continue reading
Saratoga National Historical Park has announced that the annual Candlelight Tour of the General Philip Schuyler House, located just south of Schuylerville on Route 4, will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 6 to 9 pm, with the final tours starting at 8:30 pm.
Old Saratoga Historical Association hosts the event and in addition to providing light refreshments, their members join park staff and volunteers to guide visitors on short tours throughout the evening through the candle-lit atmosphere of General Schuyler’s 1777 country house. Continue reading
Beginning November 1, 2016, Saratoga National Historical Park will no longer charge entrance fees for visiting the park.
After analyzing the costs and benefits of the recreational fee program, park leadership determined that it is in the best interest of both Saratoga NHP and the public to eliminate entrance charges according to a press release sent to the media. The current entrance fees for vehicles ($5), pedestrians and cyclists ($3), and the park annual pass ($10) will remain in place until November 1. Continue reading