Nature September 29, 2018
The Historic Park In New York That Was A Deadly Battleground During The American Revolution
All throughout New York state you can find pieces of history hiding in plain sight, with lots to be seen and explored in our Upstate areas. One of many historic places that you can visit within Saratoga County, if you venture just outside of Saratoga Springs and head to the little village of Stillwater you can learn about one of New York’s most famous battlefields. Prepare to be fascinated!
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Overlooking the upper Hudson River in an area of Saratoga County where you're surrounded by nothing but open fields and farmland, Saratoga National Historical Park is one for the books.
The park is most famously known for being where the Battles of Saratoga took place, events that took place in the fall of 1777 and were considered to be the most significant turning point in the Revolutionary War.
Today the park is made up of four parts, including historic homes, a Visitors Center, and the largest part being the Saratoga Battlefield.
All throughout the more than 3,000-acre park, you'll find informative signs detailing the battles and first point in world history where the British Army had ever surrendered.
During the 18-day battle, more than 500 soldiers were killed between the American and British Armies — with the British losing a total of 440 soldiers and the Americans losing 90.
Because of how deadly of a battleground this became, it usually comes as no surprise to hear that many believe the Saratoga Battlefield to be haunted by the sounds and spirits of soldiers.
If you plan to explore the park, don't miss out on hiking along the Wilkinson Trail that's known for being a place to experience paranormal activity!
All areas of the park are amazing to explore, giving you a greater look at all that went on during the Battles of Saratoga and this point in the American Revolution. But if you're looking to possibly run into one of the soldiers that fought in these battles? You'll want to head to the Wilkinson Trail that can be found in the northern area of the battlefield. Many who have hiked here claim to hear the moans of injured soldiers, and some even believe the spirit of a betrayed soldier who was shot by his own men even haunts the battlefield.
The Saratoga National Historical Park can be found at 648 Route 32 Stillwater, NY 12170. To find out more information about the park,
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