The house played an important role in the area’s Revolutionary War history, serving as a field hospital for the British troops and the German soldiers who fought with them in the Saratoga campaign. The family of the German General Friedrich Riedesel had accompanied Burgoyne to the battlefront.
The Baroness Frederika Riedesel (as portrayed by Debbie Bailey) will greet visitors and tell the story of how she with her three children endured bombardment at the Marshall House during the American siege during the Battles of Saratoga in 1777.
The Baroness will also describe how she helped introduce the custom of the Christmas tree to North America, and docents will explain details of the historic house.
The Marshall House is situated just north of the Village of Schuylerville, NY. Visitors will be welcomed in groups of fifteen at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. There will be valet parking at the house. A donation of $10 per person is requested to further the educational outreach of The Marshall House.
Pre-registration is recommended, at www.themarshallhouse.org. On the home page, click on “Special Event Saturday, November 27th.”
The Marshall House is located at 136 Route 4 North in Schuylerville, New York.