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Boyce in Clarke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Saratoga

 
 
Saratoga Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 8, 2007
1. Saratoga Marker
Inscription. A half-mile east, Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan began this limestone Georgian mansion in 1779 while on furlough. He named it for the Battle of Saratoga in which he had recently distinguished himself. The house was probably constructed by Hessian soldiers held prisoner in nearby Winchester. Recalled to duty in 1780, Morgan was made a brigadier general and won a brilliant victory at Cowpens in South Carolina. In the antebellum period Saratoga was the home of Philip Pendleton Cooke, Virginia story writer and poet. It was later occupied by his brother, John Eston Cooke, historical novelist and biographer.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number B 4.)
 
Location. 39° 5.576′ N, 78° 3.609′ W. Marker is in Boyce, Virginia, in Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of South Greenway Avenue (U.S. 340) and West Main Street (Virginia Route 723), on the right when traveling north on South Greenway Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boyce VA 22620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Boyce (a few steps from this marker); The Briars (approx. 1.1 miles away); Greenway Court
Markers B-4 and J-21 Stand Beside Greenway Avenue in Boyce image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 8, 2007
2. Markers B-4 and J-21 Stand Beside Greenway Avenue in Boyce
(approx. 1.4 miles away); Blandy Experimental Farm (approx. 1.6 miles away); Carter Hall (approx. 2 miles away); Millwood (approx. 2 miles away); The Burwell-Morgan Mill (approx. 2 miles away); Greenway Historic District (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boyce.
 
Regarding Saratoga. Saratoga stands to the east as indicated on private property, a fair distance from the road.

This marker replaced a previous B-4 with the same title, which read, Built in 1782 by General Daniel Morgan and named for the battle of Saratoga, 1777. Hessian prisoners did the construction work. Lee had his headquarters here in June, 1863, on the way to Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Daniel Morgan. (Submitted on July 22, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Florence Vane. One of the poems of Philip Pendleton Cooke. (Submitted on July 22, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Battle of Saratoga, NY. (Submitted on July 22, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Battle of Cowpens, SC. (Submitted on July 22, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Saratoga Farms image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 8, 2007
3. Saratoga Farms
The estate is still a working farm to the east of Boyce.

5. Short Biography of John Esten Cooke. (Submitted on July 22, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Morganís Second Home
Saratoga was actually the second home for Daniel Morgan in Clarke County. He first lived at Soldierís Rest (1769) just north of Berryville (to the northeast corner of the intersection of modern day U.S. 340 and Va. Route 7).
    — Submitted July 22, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

2. Civil War Encampment
Not mentioned on the present day marker, Saratoga was used by the Army of Northern Virginia when moving through the Shenandoah Valley during Gettysburg campaign.
    — Submitted July 22, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,422 times since then and 180 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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