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Revolutionary War reenactors in a field with tents

Saratoga Siege Encampment

Event date Various locations in Schuylerville and Stillwater

The Saratoga Siege Encampment is part of NYS Path Through History Weekend and open to the public from 10am to 4pm October 7th and 8th. Activities for the whole family include a variety of 18th century demonstrations from cannon firing to blacksmithing demonstrations, surgical displays, women’s healing roles, cooking, and other living historians.

Event Details

This free family fun event will occur rain or shine!

Start Time: 10:00am, Events run between 10am-4pm

Location:
Various locations in Schuylerville and Stillwater
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Speakers:
  • 10am: Walking Tour of the Schuyler Estate given by Town of Saratoga Historian, Sean Kelleher, "Located at America's Turning Point Tent"
  • 11am: "Women in Healing Roles" given by Anne Clothier , "Located on the porch of the Schuyler House"
  • 1pm: "The Causalities of Battle with Paul Supley", "Located at America's Turning Point Tent"
  • 1pm: SATURDAY ONLY: Battle of Bemus Heights Walking Tour, "Located on the battlefield at Saratoga National Historical Park"
  • 2pm: Hudson Crossing Park Walking Tour with Town of Saratoga Historian, Sean Kelleher, "Located at entrance to Hudson Crossing Park (Co-road 42)"

Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE: See below for event descriptions at various locations between 10am-4pm.

Located at: The General Philip Schuyler House

View of the The Schuyler House property from the front
The Schuyler House

4 Broad St. Schuylerville, NY 12871

*General Philip Schuyler House will be open for you to explore and learn about this historic home and it’s inhabitance at your own pace.

*America’s Turning Point Marquee Tent will showcase crafts, 18th-century toys and games, colonial clothing and more!

18th Century Historical Demonstrations:

  • Anne Clothier: “Women in Healing Roles”
    Anne Clothier

    Caregiving is a role that has frequently been performed by women throughout history. Explore the many ways in which women cared for family, friends, neighbors, and soldiers throughout the late eighteenth century. Whether assisting neighbors through childbirth as midwives or serving as regimentally assigned nurses on the Burgoyne campaign, women have fulfilled their communities’ needs. Explore the tools and techniques of healers and learn about the evolution of these roles throughout the past 250 years.

  • Paul Supley: “The Casualties of Battle” Learn about the casualties of the battles. Discussion of various wounds and their treatment will center around actual cases from the Saratoga Campaign. View period surgical instruments and learn about medicine used by surgeons on both sides of the conflict.

 

  • Sandy Spector: “18th Century Civilian Market”
    Sandy Spector

    Visit Sandy as the market lady to see for yourself what is available for the army and the locals to purchase that may not have been available from foraging or growing in their gardens. She has been a reenactor since 1999 beginning as a camp follower with the 10th MA Regiment and now most commonly portraying our nation’s 1st, First Lady during the Revolutionary War Days. (Saturday only)

 

  • Jymm Hoffman: “18th Century Traveling Forge”
    Jymm Hoffman

    Check out historical blacksmith demonstrations and learn why this trade was so important to a traveling army.

 

 

 

  • Sara Evenson: “Feeding an Army”
    Sara Evenson

    Explore how the British ate and prepared their food through a sensory exploration and live cooking demonstration.

 

 

Located at: Saratoga National Historical ParkHistorical cannon overlooking a valley and distant mountains

648 Route 32, Stillwater NY, 12168

 

 

  • The 2nd Continental Artillery Bio: This group of volunteer re-enactors isRevolutionary War reenactors standing around a cannon comprised of historians, educators, veterans and others seeking to honor the patriots of the Revolutionary War’s original regiment and educate the public. Also called Bauman’s Company, this group was authorized on October 28, 1775, in New York. The group was assigned to different locations throughout the war, but in 1777 Bauman’s Company was combined with 2 other regiments to create Col. Lamb’s Artillery Regiment. In August of 1779 four artillery regiments were numbered and Lamb’s regiment became the 2nd Continental. Program: The 2nd Continental will be camped on the Battlefield throughout the weekend and will be providing artillery demonstrations.
  • The 24th Regiment of Foot: Revolutionary War reenactors marching through a fieldThis group of volunteer re-enactors portrays soldiers of the Major’s company of the 24th as they would have appeared during the Northern Campaign of 1777, including the Battles of Saratoga. The 24th is one of England’s most famous regiments, and permission was received in 1995 by the Royal Regiment of Wales to portray them in North America. Program: The 24th will be camped on the Battlefield throughout the weekend and will interact with the public regarding the British army during the Saratoga Campaign.
  • The 3rd Massachusetts Regiment: The 3rd Mass is a passionate group of historians committed to showcasing historical events through meticulously researched re-enactments.

 

Located at: Hudson Crossing Park

County Road 42, Schuylerville, NY 12871 (proceed to the pavilion in the park adjacent to parking area)

  • 2pm “Walking Tour of the Siege Field:” Using primary accounts and maps, tour some of the locations significant to the siege of Saratoga. Led by Saratoga Historian Sean Kelleher. Located at the pavilion in Hudson Crossing Park, Route 42 in Schuylerville.

 

Located at: The Gateway Visitor Center

30 Ferry St. Schuylerville, NY 12871

  • Get your Saratoga Siege Passport stamped and visit with living historians.
  • Check out the cool exhibits and learn more about the Champlain Canal Region.

 

Located at: Stillwater Blockhouse

692 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater, NY 12170

Additional convenient parking is a short stroll from the Stillwater Area Community Center (19 Palmer St, Stillwater) & the Stillwater Free Library (662 Hudson Ave, Stillwater).

Step inside a recreated 18th century blockhouse.

  • Grab a bite of 18th century inspired food.
  • Check out our colonial quilting demonstrations.
  • Identify historical objects.
  • Have fun at our kid’s activity area.
  • Walking tours of historical markers throughout the village.

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