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12 Years a Slave - The Solomon Northup Story

The Oscar Award Winner for Best Picture in 2014, 12 Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 memoir Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free African American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before his release. The first scholarly edition of Northup's memoir, co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, carefully retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate.

In 1841, Solomon Northup is a free African American man working as a skilled carpenter and fiddle player, and living with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, New York. Two men offer him a two-week job as a musician, but they drug Northup and he wakes up in chains, about to be sold into slavery. The City celebrates Solomon Northup Day annually, now in a series of events coordinated by Skidmore College.

Seabiscuit - An American Legend

Seabiscuit (May 23, 1933 – May 17, 1947) was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse in the United States. A small horse, Seabiscuit had an inauspicious start to his racing career, but became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression. Seabiscuit was the subject of a 1949 film, The Story of Seabiscuit; a 2001 book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand; and a 2003 film, Seabiscuit, which was based on the Hillenbrand book and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

The film was shot at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Keeneland was chosen to double for Pimlico Race Course because Pimlico had dramatically changed physically since Seabiscuit's time. The film also marks a second collaboration between director Gary Ross and actors Tobey Maguire and William H. Macy, who worked together in Ross's 1998 film Pleasantville. The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, serving as the County's Film Commission, played a significant role in helping with the filming of Seabiscuit, in Saratoga.

Fun Facts About Saratoga

Saratoga Springs is tied with San Francisco for the most restaurants per capita, with about one per every 279 residents.

The Potato Chip was invented in Saratoga in 1853 at Moon’s Lake House by George Crum. 

The Saratoga area has over 18 mineral springs. The cold water springs are naturally carbonated.

Caffe Lena is the oldest continually operating coffee house in the country.

Over 2,000 horses are present in Saratoga during the peak of racing season.

Portions of the movies "Seabiscuit", "The Horse Whisperer" and "The Way We Were" were filmed in Saratoga.

The Battle of Saratoga featured heroics from none other than Benedict Arnold. 

Northern Saratoga County is located within the boundaries of the Adirondack Park.

The tallest mountain in Saratoga County is Hadley Mountain with an elevation of 2675 feet. 

Saratoga Race Course is the oldest continually operating race track in the country.

The club sandwich was invented at the Saratoga Club (Canfield Casino) in Saratoga Springs in the 19th century.

Saratoga County has over 1100 homes on the National Register of Historic Places.