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Ulysses S. Grant in New York: Civil War General, President


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view from grants cottageThe cottage rests on a quiet and forested hilltop just outside of Saratoga Springs. Visitors need to pass through the barren entrance to a one-time correctional facility, an intimidating experience to say the least. Once through the abandoned guard station, and up the winding rough road, the ground levels out with the neat building on the left.

To the right, a trail to the stunning view of the Adirondacks to the north, the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east, and the Catskills to the south. On a blistering, hot day in July 1885, General and President Ulysses S. Grant was brought by wheelchair to this very spot, cancer was eating away his throat, and he had just completed a 300,000-plus word memoir, and knew death was near. Continue reading

Saratoga Stroll: The Good Life on North Broadway


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659 North BroadwayThe Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s next Summer Stroll is set for Sunday, July 8th at 10:30 am, and will be led by the Foundation’s Executive Director, Samantha Bosshart.

The North Broadway Summer Stroll will look at North Broadway, a corridor lined with grand Queen Annes built by Saratoga’s most prominent figures such as Fred Cluett, William B. Gage, and Senator Brackett. Continue reading

Saratoga Summer Stroll of Franklin Square


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Marvin-Sackett-Todd HouseThe Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will hold its Wealth & Wellness: Franklin Square Summer Stroll on Sunday, July 1st at 10:30 am.

Carrie Woerner, NYS Assemblywoman and former SSPF Executive Director, will lead a tour through the historic Franklin Square area. This district is architecturally rich and home to some of the oldest private residences in Saratoga Springs. Franklin Square is a veritable showcase of American architectural history. This tour, sponsored by Longfellows, meets at the Northwest corner of Division Street and Broadway. Continue reading

Summer Stroll of Saratoga’s Historic West Side


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70 Beekman StreetThe Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has announced a Summer Stroll of Saratoga’s Historic West Side on Sunday, June 24th at 10:30 am led by George DeMers.

Tour the restored historic West Side and learn about Saratoga Springs’ Irish and Italian immigrants who helped shape the history of this unique district. This tour, sponsored by NBT Bank, meets at the Gideon Putnam Cemetery Entrance on South Franklin Street. Continue reading

Saratoga Springs Preservation Award Nominations Sought


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saratoga springs preservation foundationThe Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has announced they are requesting nominations of projects that reflect a commitment to preserving, promoting, and reusing historic buildings and landscapes.

Each year in May as part of National Historic Preservation Month, Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation recognizes individuals and organizations that have completed preservation projects in the past year. Continue reading

History Mystery: What Happened To Solomon Northup?


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young Harriet Tubman, who served as a spy and scout during the Civil War Solomon Northup, who was lured away from Saratoga Springs and into slavery before the Civil War, wrote a book, Twelve Years a Slave, following his fortuitous rescue in 1853.

Some of his post-slavery life can be tracked via property records, court documents, and newspaper stories. Thus, it is known that he purchased a home for his family in Glens Falls, that he undertook a lecture tour throughout the Northeast, and was involved in the apprehension and trial of the two men who had kidnapped him. Continue reading

Racing Museum’s ‘Foal Patrol’ Tracks Birthing Mares


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foal patrolThe National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga has launched Foal Patrol, a fan-based interactive web program that tracks the lives and daily routines of several in-foal mares during their pregnancy through the birthing process.

The project includes an interactive website and several contests for racing fans and horse lovers. The site can also be reached through the Museum’s website. Continue reading

Baby McKee: Early American Child Celebrity


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The McKee children, printed in Harpers Round Table in 1895Caroline Scott Harrison, the wife of U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, died in the fall of 1892, after a trip to the Adirondacks failed to cure her tuberculosis. Her death left the White House without a first lady. Harrison’s daughter, Mary Scott McKee, filled that role for the last few months of Harrison’s term (he lost his bid for re-election that November). In those days, presidential terms ended in March, so Mrs. McKee carried on as first lady for about five months.

She and her husband, James Robert McKee, and their two children Benjamin Harrison McKee and Mary Lodge McKee had been living at the White House during her father’s term. The presidential grandchildren – especially Benjamin, who got labeled as “Baby McKee” – were media sensations. (Though it was often stated that he had been born in the White House, both he and his sister were actually born in Indiana.) Continue reading