For the History Buff
Transport yourself into the glorious past by visiting our many historic sites, museums and halls of fame. Or simply stroll around town and take in the historical architecture and Victorian-era homes.
The 250th Anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga is Just Around the Corner!
The Saratoga County 250th American Revolution Commission consists of 13 official members (in honor of the 13 original colonies) tasked with planning and organizing all ceremonies, events, activities and celebrations recognizing the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution in Saratoga County.
- Heritage Tourism
See where American Revolutionary history took place in Saratoga County
Learn about the many battles throughout the County and how the Battles of Saratoga became America's Turning Point
- Historic Preservation
Help the Saratoga County 250th Revolutionary War Commission preserve Revolutionary War history
The 250th Commission will be at the Saratoga County Fair this summer at the America’s Turning Point Marquee tent, which will feature educational displays, living history demonstrations and children’s activities.
Other events include:
- The Turning Point Parade & Festival every August in Schuylerville
- Path Through History Weekends June 17-19 and Oct. 7-9, 2023
For more information and upcoming events visit www.saratoga250.com
1. Saratoga National Historic Park
648 Route 32, Stillwater
This park on the Hudson River includes the site of the Battles of Saratoga, which was the first American military victory of the Revolutionary War. The park’s tour road is open to cars, bikers and hikers. Bring a bike and a picnic lunch, and enjoy the spectacular views.
2) Ulysses S. Grant Cottage
1000 Mt. McGregor Rd., Wilton
Grant's Cottage has his original furnishings, decorations and personal items, including the bed where he died in 1885. This Living History museum offers a variety of events from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and Columbus Day weekend.
3) National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame
99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs
Located in the former Washington Bathhouse, a historic building in the Saratoga Spa State Park, the museum puts on events and houses an extensive collection of archives and exhibits. You might also want to check it out as a great place to hold a wedding.
4) National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
191 Union Ave., Saratoga Sprinngs
Directly across from the Saratoga Race Course, the museum houses a diverse collection of art, artifacts and memorabilia. Don't miss their racing simulator - you can mount up and feel what racing is like from the jockey’s point of view.
5) Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum
6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa
Brookside Museum tells Saratoga County’s story through interactive and engaging exhibits and programs that will keep kids and adults fascinated. If you'd like to dive into your own research, research assistants are available.
6) Saratoga Automobile Museum
110 Ave. of the Pines, Saratoga Springs
Located in the Spa Park, the Saratoga Automobile Museum offers a wide range of public programs for audiences of all ages throughout the year, including gallery tours, exhibition talks, and tech sessions for general audiences. Drop-in tours of current exhibitions are available on Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
7) The National Bottle Museum
76 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa
Did you know that bottle-making was one of the nation's first major industries, and that all bottles were handmade until the early 1900s? Open year round, and offers glass making classes too!
8) Saratoga Monument
Burgoyne Street, Schuylerville
Situated on a high bluff where Burgoyne’s last camp was, Saratoga Monument commemorates the American victory in the Battle of Saratoga, called “the most important battle of the last 1,000 years.”
9) General Phillip Schuyler House
Route 4, Schuylerville
This restored 1777 country house of American General Philip Schuyler is located in the Village of Schuylerville, approximately eight miles north of the Battlefield. This is also where Alexander Hamilton married Philip Schuyler’s daughter, Eliza. From May through Labor Day, Schuyler House is open for guided tours.
10) New York State Military Museum
61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs
The museum is housed in the former 1889 armory displaying 10,000+ uniforms, weapons and art from the Civil War to the present. You'll get an illuminating glimpse into New York state's role in America's various conflicts. Admission is free and the staff is very helpful and engaging.
11) Saratoga Springs History Museum
1 East Congress St., Saratoga Springs
Located in the historic Canfield Casino building in Congress Park, the museum features three floors full of artifacts and photographic archives housed in permanent collections and current exhibitions. Open 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
12) The Hyde Collection
161 Warren St., Glens Falls
The Hyde Collection is one of the Northeast's exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European and American, and Modern and Contemporary art. Its permanent collection holds nearly 4,000 works, spanning centuries. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.