Revolutionary Upstate NY: Bennington, Saratoga, Ticonderoga

Bennington Battlefield [Intersection of Route 67 + Caretaker’s Road, Walloomsac, NY 12090]

The battle between forces of British General Burgoyne and militiamen under American General Stark clashed in Walloomsac NY in August of 1777. The British intended to gain American supplies and horses in Bennington to improve their dwindling rations, mistakenly underestimating the American defense. A turning point in the Revolution, the victory was the ‘first link in a chain of successes’ which would lead to Burgoyne’s surrender in Saratoga. You can learn more about the history through informational plaques at the top of the hill.

bennington_battlefieldAlso, enjoy just under 3 miles of trails. Begin on the Battle Loop leading you through the woods, passing by some noteworthy trees, across the street, and back towards the lot.

bennington_battlefield_8Take the connector trail,

bennington_battlefield_nyand head through more dense woods out into open fields of the pastoral area.

bennington_battlefield_ny_8In the summer, a field of golden rod blanketed the land, and it was hard to believe this was once the site of a dreadful occurrence.

bennington_battlefield_ny_5Check out the little information room for a more in depth report of the battle.

bennington_battlefield_ny_3Saratoga Battlefield

In the Fall of 1777 American’s were victorious in decisive battle, leading to the surrender of General Burgoyne and the British troops. Head to the Visitor’s Center to learn more information about the Battle of Saratoga and see authentic artifacts. Drive the Battlefield Tour Road and be sure to stop at the interpretive signs, bringing to life the sites where historical events took place.

saratoga_battlefieldEnjoy the bucolic scene and perhaps spy a true American bird- the turkey!

saratoga_national_historical_parkFort Ticonderoga

fort_ticonderogaEarly in the war Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold captured the fort from the British, but in 1777 Burgoyne retook the fort on his way to Albany. Only two months later, Burgoyne would be defeated at Saratoga and the British would destroy and abandon the fort as it no longer held strategic advantage. Today Ticonderoga stands as a living history museum.

fort_ticonderoga_6There are reenactments, musket and cannon firing, fife and drum corps.

fort_ticonderoga_5In the museum there are collections of 18th-century military artifacts. Outside there is fun no matter if you enjoy history or not. Rent a canoe, walk through the king’s garden, and if you visit in the fall there is a great corn maze!

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