We do history in Saratoga!

This photo by 2015 ribbon cutting of the Saratoga Siege Trail, located in the Village of Victory off of Route 4 acros’s from the Schuyler House. This was a project of Saratoga PLAN. Just 8 miles north of the Saratoga battlefields an incredible siege took place along Fish Creek. After several days of being surrounded and starving, British General John Burgoyne was forced into surrendering on October 17th, 1777, an act that ultimately convinced the French to recognize the United States of America and join them in their battle for independence.

“Saratoga PLAN has been honored to work with many partners on this project that has built a public historic interpretive trail along the very same section of Fish Creek where the Americans laid siege,” said Devin Rigolino, Stewardship Coordinator for Saratoga PLAN. “It is our hope that the Saratoga Siege Trail will draw and educate visitors for years to come. Thank you to everyone involved in making the creation of this trail a possibility.” Support for the Siege Trail came from many partners including: Saratoga PLAN, the Saratoga National Historical Park, the Town of Saratoga, RBC Foundation, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, the Bender Family Foundation, Siena College, Brookfield Power, the American Battlefield Protection Program, and Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

We do history in Old Saratoga. Whether you call us Saratoga, Old Saratoga, Schuylerville, Victory Mills, Clark’s Mills, Northumberland, Easton, Greenwich, we are all part of a community with so much history and so many traditions. It’s hard to find a month in the year that doesn’t have an remembrance, event or festival! A variety of local organizations ensure that the Earth Day, Memorial Day, Turning Point Parade, 18th Century Day, Candlelight Tour, Veterans Day, Dutch Christmas and more brings visitors, neighbors and friends out to enjoy the music, remembrances, costumes and heritage.

The Town of Saratoga is proud be a part of these efforts. The Town works with a wide range of partners to help promote and participate in many other events like Saratoga National Historical Park, Old Saratoga Historical Association, Hudson Crossing Park, Lakes to Locks Passage, Friends of the Battlefield, Saratoga PLAN, Historic Hudson-Hoosic Rivers Partnership, Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County, Schuylerville Area Chamber of Commerce, villages of Schuylerville and Victory, and the Turning Point Parade Committee ….and more.

Remembering, commemorating, and celebrating together fosters community ownership and neighborliness, develops more volunteers that work together to create positive changes for our community and encourages visitors to get to know us better. It is how we do history. Join in the fun, and you’ll appreciate the sense of community that’s been at the foundation of Saratoga for centuries.

There are many ways you can help care for Old Saratoga, from one-time to reoccurring volunteer opportunities for youth, families, groups and individuals. To learn more about volunteering contact historiantosaratoga@gmail.com


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