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The Saratoga National Historical Park is site of the Battle of Saratoga in 1777, considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The park is comprised of four separate areas; the Battlefield which is located in Stillwater, the General Phillip Schuyler House in Schuylerville and the Saratoga Monument and Victory Woods both located in Victory, all of which are about a 15 minute drive from the Battlefield. The visitor center at Battlefield features an orientation film, interpretive exhibits and artifacts. Pick up a map and brochure and take a self-guided walking, bike or auto tour that covers 10 major highlights over 10 miles. The Schuyler House was the country home of Gen. Philip Schuyler before and after the battle, having been rebuilt in 1777 after being burned down by the British to keep Americans from using them for cover. The Saratoga Monument is a 155-foot obelisk commemorating the American victory. Listen to the ranger-led presentation and climb almost 200 steps to the top for unique vantage point from which to ponder the past and take in extraordinary views of the Adirondacks, Green Mountains and Taconic’s. On three sides, statues of Generals Schuyler, Gates and Morgan adorn the niches, while the fourth, once intended for Benedict Arnold is left empty. The newest addition to the park is the 22-acre Victory Woods, once an encampment site for the British Army. Walk the mile long Victory Woods trail which begins in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Interpretive panels highlight historic points along the trail. Part of the national Parks System, there is an entrance fee covered by the America the Beautiful Annual Pass.
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