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On this day in 1689, there was a French and Native attack on Saratoga focused on Bartel Vrooman’s farm with the historical records suggest three persons were killed; in 1777, British Lieut. Genl. Burgoyne wrote to Lord George Germain from Camp Nearly Opposite To Saratoga, that stated “the loss as at present appears amounts to about 400 men killed and taken in both actions and twenty six officers mostly prisoners, but ones who were disposed in the woods drop in daily… the chief subject of regret on our side after that, which any loss of gallant men naturally occasions, is the disappointment of not obtaining live cattle, and the lapse of time in bringing forward the magazines; the heavy work is now nearly completed and a new Bridge of Boats is thrown over the Hudson’s River opposite to Saratoga, the former one of Rafts having been carried away by the swell of water after the late continual rains; then enabled to move nothing within my scale of talent shall be left unattempted to fulfill His Majesty’s Orders, and I hope circumstances will be such, that my Endeavors may be in some degree assisted by a cooperation of the army under Sir William Howe”; and in 1994, the USS Saratoga (CV 60) was decommissioned at the Naval Station Mayport. 
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On this day in 1757, after the British defeat and loss of Fort William Henry in early August, British Colonel and Engineer Montresor oversaw the work at Saratoga and described a sawmill dismantled by the remainder of the provincial troops that were under the command of Colonel Fry (captured at Fort William Henry) and the works at Saratoga were reconstructed using stone, logs, facine, ditches, wood shingles, cut lumber, and bricks from Fort Edward; in 1758, it was “at Fort Miller, about 40 men of the Americans, under the Command of Capt. Lieut. McBean, & 2 Companies of Provincials”; in 1777, when the Native’s return to camp following Bennington, they decide to go home resulting in Burgoyne losing his eyes and ears; British Lieutenant William Digby of 53d Regiment of Foot described, “at this time many of the inhabitants who before came into our camp for protection calling themselves Torys went from us over to the enemy who we hoped soon to make pay dear for their late success at Bennington; it is scarce to be conceived the many difficulties we had to encounter in carrying on a war in such a country from the tediousness of removing provisions stores &c and the smallness of our numbers were much diminished by sending parties back and forward from Fort George to our camp”, and American Major General Horatio Gates appeared in camp with orders to relieve General Schuyler; in 1795, John B. Schuyler was at his home in Saratoga dies from a bilious fever; in 1949, a meeting was held to discuss the closing of the Cramer School; and in 1990, the Wagman’s Ridge school reunion at the Quaker Springs fire house. 

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We do history in Saratoga!

We do history in Saratoga! This photo by Walter Ardzieuice of the 2005 Surrender Day at Fort Hardy park along the Hudson River. Each year visitors get to witness the recreated surrender of British General Burgoyne to American General Gates. There is the singing of patriotic songs with Schuylerville and Salem school children. Everyone gets to drink 13 original toasts to the American Victory! This event is sponsored by the Village of Schuylerville and Town of Saratoga. It is a long local tradition and we try to celebrate close to October 17 (we make some modifications to allow the school children to participate.) What makes this event unique is that it is at the historical ground where the British forces surrendered and laid down their arms on October 17, 1777, bringing to an end the Battles of Saratoga. 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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On this day in 1893, Schuylerville’s “Old Betsy” fire engine won $325 at Coney Island and in 1956, the USS Saratoga sailed for Guantanamo and her shakedown cruise. 
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Springs up for Auction in 1899

In 1950, the Saratogian reported “In 1889, the springs property was sold at public auction in front of the Town Hall In Saratoga Springs, to satisfy a mortgage, to Isabella and Nathaniel Griffith who owned It for only a short time. Some time previous to that sale, a house had been built a short distance from the springs.” 
Today, the Mineral Springs at Quaker Springs are maintained by the Town of Saratoga. The Springs are open for visits and inspection. The Springs are located on Quaker Springs road just off NYS 32. Saratoga has been defined by the natural forces that shape the land and influence ecosystems. The Hudson River cuts a valley through bands of Devonian-age marine sedimentary rocks deposited in an ancient basin prior to the Taconic orogenic event. The river meanders across its valley with broad, flat floodplain areas alternating with steep cutbanks and bluffs. Above the river valley are dissected upland areas with exposed bedrock, rolling hills, and narrow valleys draining west to east flowing streams. 
There are many sites like the Mineral Springs in Quaker Springs that help define this community and our region. Natural resources and the systems that link them – geology, hydrology, and habitat – are important to the historic and cultural landscapes that we value in our community and wish to preserve. The natural and built environments are inextricably linked. Preserving key natural landscapes enhances historic settings and protects the natural systems that are shared throughout our community, county and region.

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On this day in 1777, British Lieutenant William Digby of 53d Regiment of Foot described, “received orders the 17th to remain as the corps was not to move that day and to keep a very sharp look out on which we naturally supposed something extraordinary had happened, soon after an engineer came out to us with a number of men to throw up a breast work, still it looked suspicious but we were soon made acquainted with the melancholy report that the detachment which marched from us on the 11th were all cut to pieces by the enemy at Bennington their force being much superior, our 4 pieces of cannon were taken two 6 pounders & two 3 pounders, I fear the officer who commanded a German took post in a bad situation and was surrounded by the enemy after expending all his ammunition, our Albany volunteers behaved with great bravery but were not seconded by the Germans and Savages and it was much regretted British were not sent in their place;” in 1880, the Saratoga Monument Association Committee on Tablets was established at the suggestion of Ellen Hardin Walworth, and at the “urgent request of Governor Seymour, with the purpose of procuring “memorial stones or other marks to designate the points of interest on the Saratoga battle-grounds at Bemis Heights;” and in 1914, beloved local teacher and historian Mary H. Cudahy was born. 
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OTD: OFFICERS CHOSEN BY GOOD TEMPLARS

The Saratogian (21 August 1918) reported: 
OFFICERS CHOSEN BY GOOD TEMPLARS 

The regular annual session of Saratoga District Lodge of Good Templars was held in the G. A. R. hall in this city last Saturday. The meeting was one of great interest to all who were able to attend. 

The district chief templar, George C. Wilkins, of Greenfield Center, presided. After the regular business had been dispatched, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: …. D. Counselor, J. D. Wright, Quaker Springs; D. V. T., Mrs. J. D. Wright, Quaker Springs; Superintendent, J. W., Mrs. J. D. Wright, Quaker Springs; D. Treasurer, J. Fayette Thomas, Quaker Springs; D. D. Mar., Harriet Griffin, Quaker Springs; D Guard, Edith Thomas, Quaker Springs. 

(Transcriptions of only the town of Saratoga members which was 6 of the 13 members mentioned.)

 State Deputy Butler assisted by Isaac Griffith and Mrs. R. P. Barron as installing marshall proceeded to install the officers of the District lodge, who at once entered upon their several duties. 

The Rev. R. D. Andrews of Greenfield Center Lodge, gave a very interesting address on the encouraging outlook of the temperance cause. 

District Chief Templar G. C. Wilkins insisted that the Good Templars had just cause for rejoicing, saying everything looked like victory. 

Sister Wright recited a beautiful poem entitled “Our Flag.” Isaac Griffin gave a very interesting reading. 

The district lodge closed to meet with the Charlton Lodge, I. O. G. T., in November. 
The Good Templars is a coed fraternal organizations for temperance or total abstinence founded in the 19th century and with a structure modeled on Freemasonry, using similar ritual and regalia. The first accounts of a lodge is the Schuylerville Battle Field lodge in 1880 and the Schuyler lodge in 1889. Then there was The Quaker Springs lodge #203 along with a Juvenile Temple. 
During the Progressive Era (1890–1920), hostility toward drinking alcohol became widespread, with the Prohibition Party and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union as the most influential advocate of prohibition. In New York, there is a long history of social reform movements started or flourished along New York’s canal system. (The Good Templars started in Utica, NY along the Erie Canal in 1850.) The rural part of the town of Saratoga in particular Quaker Springs (along the Champlain Canal) was not immune to these social movement. The community had an active Quaker community that formed the Quaker Springs Anti-Slavery Society in 1836, and the Old Saratoga Anti-Slavery Society in 1850. Prohibition was also strongly supported by the Methodists and Quakers, which have the only churches in that part of the town. Prohibition began on January 16, 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect. 
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance make up this community. There are many individuals and groups like the Good Templars that help define this country, our region, and this community. It is the determination of our forefathers, in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is integral to a good understanding of the condition of being human.