The Marshall House, a Revolutionary War-era structure, is set to open its doors for a tour and dramatic historical interpretation on August 4 from 3 to 6 pm, following Schuylerville’s annual Turning Point Parade.
Built alongside the Hudson River in the early 1770s, the Marshall House was commandeered as a field hospital by the British forces of General John Burgoyne during the Battles of Saratoga in mid-1777.
In the chaos following the British rout by the Americans, the house provided refuge for many women and children following the British army. These included Baroness Frederika Charlotte Riedesel and her three young daughters. The wife of a German general fighting alongside Burgoyne, the baroness left a memoir whose account of her experiences at Saratoga has fascinated historians for generations.
Visitors on August 4 will learn about these events from General Burgoyne himself, played by historian and reeanactor Bruce Venter. They will hear some of the exchanges between Burgoyne and the baroness and learn more about the history of the Marshall House and the importance of the Battles of Saratoga. They will be able to walk on the original floors of the old house, see blood stains from its time as an 18th century army hospital, and experience the cellar where the baroness took shelter with her children. They will have the opportunity to view artifacts from the Battles of Saratoga as well as 19th century books with engravings and descriptions of the Marshall House as a Revolutionary War landmark.
The Turning Point Parade will start at 1 pm the same day in downtown Schuylerville with the participation of over 100 units and 12 musical groups. The annual parade commemorates the importance of this area in the history of our country; in particular, the defeat of the British army in 1777 during the Revolutionary War.
The previous day, August 3, the Turning Point Festival will be held from 3 to 11 pm at Fort Hardy Park. There will be a variety of events, food, and live entertainment, culminating with fireworks. For more information on the Turning Point events is available online.
Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (518) 695-3765.