Encampment Salutes 239th Anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga

Stillwater, NY: On Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, Saratoga National Historical Park, located on Routes 32 and 4 in Stillwater, will present a Revolutionary War living history encampment marking the 239th anniversary of the world’s “most important battle of the last 1,000 years.” Camps will be open Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

This two-day encampment will surround visitors with some of the sights, smells, and sounds of military camp life from the American Revolution, with re-enactors portraying American and British soldiers and women followers from the 1777 Battles of Saratoga. Join in a historical court-martial and decide the prisoners’ fate, listen to soldiers, surgeons, and women as they talk about wartime experiences, and check out what sorts of foods they really ate! A special historian-led guided tour of the Freeman Farm battlefield will be offered each day. Special youth activities include setting up tents, musket or cannon drills, and a special scavenger hunt activity!

On Sunday, there will be a 2:00 PM Wreath Laying Ceremony by Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution at Tour Road Stop 2. The public is welcome to attend this commemorative wreath laying.

The event is free, but the normal entrance fee to the park of $5 per car and $3 per hiker or cyclist (good for one week entry) is charged. For more information about this or other events, please call the Visitor Center at 518-670-2985, check the park website at http://www.nps.gov/sara or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SaratogaNHP

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