Thursday, 23 May 2024 12:31

Public Event May 29 to Celebrate New Exhibits, Extensive Upgrades to Battlefield Tour Road

A boot and a two-star epaulet are draped over a howitzer barrel to symbolize an individual with the rank of Major General who suffered a wound during a battle in this location. The monument does not mention Gen. Benedict Arnold by name. A boot and a two-star epaulet are draped over a howitzer barrel to symbolize an individual with the rank of Major General who suffered a wound during a battle in this location. The monument does not mention Gen. Benedict Arnold by name.

STILLWATER — One of the most historic landscapes in the country has recently seen the completion of the $6 million Battlefield Tour Road Improvement Project.

The large-scale construction project in Saratoga National Historical Park, funded by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) Legacy Restoration Fund, focused on making upgrades and increasing accessibility of parking areas, trailheads, walkways, seating, signage, exhibits and viewing areas along the popular 10-mile-long route.

A celebration to mark the project’s completion will take place at Tour Stop 2 (Neilson’s Farm) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29. 

The public is invited to join partners, people and stakeholders who made this project possible. The ceremony will be followed by opportunities to explore the battlefield and speak with park staff at Tour Stop 2, Tour Stop 6 (Freeman’s Farm) and Tour Stop 10 (Return to Saratoga).

 As the country approaches the upcoming 250th anniversary commemorations of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026 and of the Battles of Saratoga in 2027, the improvements will provide visitors with a better understanding of the battles and their vital role in securing American independence. Prior to the project, the Tour Road and its 10 tour stops, which are the primary way that most people visit the historic battlefield grounds, had been largely unchanged for nearly 50 years. 

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