Saratoga Springs National Historic Park
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New York is a great state. But there is one thing that is missing here. A real National Park. There are several sites that are managed by the National Park Service, like e.g. the FDR and Vanderbilt estates, but no nice Grand Canyon like wilderness.
One of these National Historic Parks is Saratoga National Historic Park. This park is located at the site of, and dedicated to, one of the most impacting battles between the Americans and British in history. A battle that was won by the Americans and created a turning point in the history of the United States and the world.
The British had taken New York City and ruled in the North of New York State.
The lands of the great battle at Bemis Heights are not affected over time, they still exist as they were in 1777. Now just a peaceful, hilly landscape with meadows and small forests. Some key buildings are restored by the NPS, like the Neilson Farmhouse which was used by Generals Arnold and Poor as improvised headquarters.
A 9-mile car route is constructed along all of these markers. Very interesting! It is a strange idea however that the quiet lands once were the stage of heavy fights by thousands of men. The thing that surprised me is that I was the only visitor who actually stopped at the exhibits. Let's assume that the US visitors already know everything from history lessons at school!
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