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National Park Getaway: Saratoga National Historical Park in Upstate New York



The bat­tle­ground at Saratoga has a record of get­ting peo­ple engaged in the American Revolution. After British forces sur­ren­dered to the Americans in October 1777, the French entered the war as allies of
Britain’s one-time colonies.

In 2010, vis­i­tors to Saratoga National Historical Park can find them­selves hooked on the his­tory of the Revolutionary War. This week’s National Park Getaway intro­duces Saratoga and makes poten­tial vis­i­tors aware of the recre­ational oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able in upstate New York.

Awaiting the Redcoats: Saratoga Battlefield Reenactment, Saratoga National Historical Park

Awaiting the Redcoats: Saratoga Battlefield Reenactment, Saratoga National Historical Park

Saratoga is the 41st park fea­tured in the Getaways series, which helps peo­ple find new places to recon­nect with nature, his­tory, fam­ily, and friends. Come here to get in touch with nature as you ride on horse­back, bird-watch, or bicy­cle with a loved one. Follow the park’s tour road to tap into his­tory. At one stop on the route, you’ll stand where Benedict Arnold fought for the American army and suf­fered a bul­let wound. At another, you’ll visit an 18th-century farm­house. The Schuyler House (1777) awaits you north of the bat­tle­field, as do the Saratoga Monument and Victory Woods, site of the British forces’ last efforts in the bat­tles of Saratoga.

This week’s Getaway arti­cle acquaints read­ers with all that the park has to offer and sit­u­ates the park in con­text. That is, Saratoga National Historical Park belongs to a col­lec­tion of attrac­tions in upstate New York, and the Getaway inspires you to plan a vaca­tion that allows you to see them all.

Stillwater, Schuylerville, Saratoga Springs, and the sur­round­ing area pack in a lot of life and cul­ture,” said Superintendent Joe Finan. “Our park fits right into such a rich area, but it also stands out. Before or after tak­ing in the local restau­rants and shops, the con­certs and dance per­for­mances, vis­i­tors here can walk upon hal­lowed grounds that were key to win­ning our nation’s strug­gle for independence.”

Let Saratoga pull you into this struggle—as it did the cit­i­zens of France—and then use the National Park System to dis­cover the American Revolution fur­ther in places like Lexington, Concord, Boston, Philadelphia, Valley Forge, and Yorktown. Please visit www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm and click “By Topic” and “Revolutionary War” for more infor­ma­tion.


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