Happy Monday Everyone! I wanted to share another New York Adventure that is perfect anytime of the year. I know I’ve said this before, but I love where I grew up and part of that is because of the history that is here. A history that I personally think should be celebrated as much as the histories of Massachusetts and Philadelphia. So let’s get into the history of the Battle of Saratoga! The Battle of Saratoga is known as the Turning Point of the Revolutionary War, where American troops beat British soldiers to change the tide of independence (see why I think my hometown is so cool?). You can read more about this at the park, but once you’re there, take a short drive to Victory Woods and The Saratoga Monument where you can learn more about the history and even walk through a cemetery with tombstones that read from the 1700s.
Spoiler: On a novel note, if you’ve read all the Outlander books, the Battle of Saratoga will sound familiar, even Diana Gabaldon wrote about it! Anyway, I’ve found some friends who love to get out on the weekends and are patient when I’m attempting to use my new camera. The end of January saw Upstate New York without any snow and 50 degree weather so we decided instead of snowshoeing to go for a walk around the battlefields. This U.S. National Historical Park has everything someone could be looking for. With a toll road (closed in the winter), historical artifacts, bike paths, walking paths, and reenactments that happen in the summer, this is an ideal spot for picnics and learning. We probably walked a little over 3 miles today on rolling hills that were once walked by the very people who gave this country their Independence.
PS: To get into the Park just became free any time in the year.