The last week of the year 1843 was a difficult time for Ballston farmer Uriah Gregory. On December 29th Uriah lost his beloved wife, Tamer, his partner of more than sixty-five years, with whom he shared a life in the earliest days of the new nation. [Read more…] about The Life and Death of a Saratoga County Patriot
Battle of Saratoga
New York State’s recent acquisition of the 86-acres Parker tract in the Finger Lakes area, recalls the role of New York State Governor and later U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the creation of New York States Forests and Wildlife Management Areas.
The State purchased the parcel from the Parker Trust for $171,300 utilizing federal Pittman-Robertson Act (1937) funds. To ensure that use is in compliance with the Act, the state is planning to include the land in the High Tor Wildlife Management Area in Yates County.
Developers are working to turn the 1918 cotton mill into 186 apartments and a brewpub at a cost of about $60 million. [Read more…] about Plans Afoot For Historic Victory Mills Near Saratoga Battlefield
Life as they knew it changed overnight. For years there had been fear, causing hardships day-by-day, but after this event their lives would never be the same. Much like our response to Pearl Harbor or September 11, October 16, 1780 was a day the people along Middleline Road in the Town of Ballston would never forget. [Read more…] about War on the Middleline: Munro’s Raid On Saratoga County in 1780
Albany merchant Peter Lansing began construction of the house overlooking the Hudson River in 1770. It was commandeered as a field hospital by the invading army of British General John Burgoyne in the fall of 1777. Following the British rout in the second Battle of Saratoga, the makeshift field hospital filled with wounded soldiers as well as women and children attached to the army. [Read more…] about Schuylerville’s Revolution Era Lansing-Marshall House Celebrating 250 Years
When most people think about the Battles of Saratoga, they think of those at Freeman’s Farm (Sept. 19) and Bemus Heights (Oct. 7). Also well known is the siege period in the modern Schuylerville area from October 10th to the 17th.
There were many combat actions however, both great and small, that get less notice. One small skirmish, occurred at Jones Mill, near Grangerville in the town of Saratoga on October 2, 1777. [Read more…] about The Burning of Jones Mill During Battles of Saratoga
There have been quite a number of witchcraft trials in what is now New York State, including in Westchester County, and on Long Island. In the midst of the American Revolution, in the town of Salem (now near the New York-Vermont border in Washington County, NY), there was another witch trial, of a sort.
Salem, NY, much like Salem, MA, has a very religious past. The community is said to be founded by Presbyterian Rev. Dr. Thomas Clark, who had emigrated from Ireland in the mid-1760s with his congregation, part of a Presbyterian schism. Clark’s congregation first settled in nearby Stillwater, on the Hudson River but eventually landed in what is now Salem, NY, where they purchased a 25,000 acres among the mostly New England settlers already established there. [Read more…] about Claims of Witchcraft In Salem, Washington County
Located one mile south of Schuylerville on Route 4, the Saratoga Surrender Site memorializes British General John Burgoyne’s surrender of his army to American General Horatio Gates after the Battles of Saratoga.
This surrender altered world history and assured America’s victory of the Revolutionary War. [Read more…] about Saratoga Sword Surrender Site Being Dedicated
Historian Eric Schnitzer is set to give a presentation on his book Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777, on Saturday, October 19th, at 2 pm, at the Marshall House, one of the few surviving structures from the Battles of Saratoga.
Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777 chronicles the British attempt to gain control of the Lake Champlain/Lake George/Hudson River waterways in the early days of the American Revolution. It reveals the real circumstances of the murder of young Jane McCrea, whose death was thought to have helped rally American militia to oppose the British invasion, and the role of the Marshall House as a hospital for the British army. It debunks many myths associated with the campaign such as those related to the figure of British General John Burgoyne (known as Gentleman Johnny). [Read more…] about Unique Illustrated Presentation of Saratoga Campaign, 1777
Saratoga National Historical Park Ranger and Historian Eric Schnitzer is set to give a talk on his newly released book, Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777, on Thursday, October 3rd at the Fort Plain Museum.
The Battles of Saratoga are cited as the turning point in the Revolutionary War. Historical painter Don Troiani and historian Eric Schnitzer combine their talents in this new book on Saratoga, the Revolutionary War campaign. This illustrated history features many new artworks, previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, photographs of important artifacts, and a solid, detailed historical narrative including background on the campaigns leading up to Saratoga. [Read more…] about Campaign to Saratoga 1777 Book Talk, Signing