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The (reconstructed) Neilson Farm

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.

Impression of the troops gathering behind the fortifications. As seen in the park's visitor center
Their plan was to proceed south along Lake Champlain, towards Albany, and then via the Hudson Valley to New York City. This resulted in two battles at Saratoga in September and October 1777. The British fought together with German mercenaries but were defeated. The defeat made the French, and later also the Spanish and Dutch change their minds and declared war against England, which caused the British all of a sudden having to deal with wars in other parts of the world as well.

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.

The rainbow gave it another peaceful feeling
The NPS also has placed many wooden pegs throughout the landscape. Blue capped pegs show the American and red capped pegs show the British sectors.

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!

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website 

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The (reconstructed) Neilson Farm
The (reconstructed) Neilson Farm
Impression of the troops gathering…
Impression of the troops gatherin…
The rainbow gave it another peacef…
The rainbow gave it another peace…
Canon at the site of the first bat…
Canon at the site of the first ba…
Canon at the site of the first bat…
Canon at the site of the first ba…
An English canon
An English canon
The Neilson Farm in 1777 and (rest…
The Neilson Farm in 1777 and (res…
Canon in the American sector
Canon in the American sector
Canon in the British sector
Canon in the British sector
In 1777 ten thousands of men were …
In 1777 ten thousands of men were…
Sun setting peacefully
Sun setting peacefully
Saratoga Springs
photo by: Amanda