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
Saratoga 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
This week on The Historians podcast, Eric Schnitzer, a park ranger/historian at Saratoga National Historical Park, discusses the German soldiers, commonly called Hessians, who fought for the British in the northern campaign of the American Revolution in 1777. Schnitzer was one of the speakers at a conference in June sponsored by the Fort Plain Museum. Continue reading
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