Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth!

Happy fourth of July to all! The sun is shining brightly this morning; hope it lasts. In honor of the fourth, my husband and I visited Saratoga National Park and Battlefield yesterday. The battle at Saratoga is called the "turning point in the American Revolutionary War," and one park ranger quoted a "New York Times" article that called the battle the single most important battle in the last 1000 years! Without the decisive win at Saratoga, it is believed the Revolutionary War would have been lost.

Here are some of our pictures taken on our tour of the park.

A very pretty and serene entrance to the park and visitor center.

A monument that commemorates the 225 anniversary of the battle.

The visitor center.

A view of the battlefield from the visitor center. A dreary day, but you can still see the Green Mountains of Vermont in the distance.

The Neilsen Farm where the American generals conducted the war. Descendents of this family still live in the area.

An inside view showing possible layout for the interior. The building itself had to be reconstructed as only a portion of it remained when the park was created.

This is the site of the British camp and hospital area. Notice that they took position near the Hudson River so as to make delivery of supplies easier. Even with this advantage, the British were unable to beat the Americans.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

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