Tag Archives: Saratoga National Historical Park

Colonial Saratoga: War and Peace on the Borderlands


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David Preston is set to give a talk on the Battles of Saratoga on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm at the Saratoga Town Hall in Schuylerville.

The Saratoga National Historical Park funded this project using untapped resource material and a fresh look at the archival records. This more advanced study of colonial borderland and conflicts at Saratoga from 1650-1777 broaden understanding of the context of the 1777 campaign, battles, siege and surrender at Saratoga, and develop historical background information on the dominance and significance of the Schuyler family. Continue reading

Military Burial Practices and Battlefield Clean-Up


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The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of PrincetonSaratoga National Historical Park is set to host Of Skulls and Skeletons: Military Burial Practices and Battlefield Clean-Up along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, presented by Robert A. Selig, Ph. D. on August 19, 2018 at 1 pm.

Battlefield clean-up is a topic rarely covered by modern historians yet following almost any military engagement, there are corpses to dispose of. Continue reading

Army Trades Weekend at Saratoga National Historical Park


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A barrel maker interacts with visitors at Saratoga NHP Army Trades WeekendAn 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

National Park Week At Saratoga Battlefield


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jr rangerSaratoga 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 Battlefield 100 Mile Challenge


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saratoga battlefield snowshoeingSaratoga 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

Saratoga Battlefield Tour Road Closure


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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

170 Acres Preserved At Saratoga Battlefield


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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

Saratoga NHP Announces 58% Visitation Increase in 2016


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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