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Schuylerville in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Good Place to Set Up Camp

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
1. A Good Place to Set Up Camp Marker
Inscription.
In 2005, archeologists found evidence here that people had been camping here near this wetland pond more than 7,000 years ago. Fire-cracked rocks, a large food roasting platform made of cobblestones, and a flint tool-and-weapon workshop are all that survived the long passage of time. Where you now stand people have cooked and worked and slept for more than seventy centuries.

Today all those ancient clues again lie buried out of sight underground. Abundant drinking water and easy-to-defend high ground drew prehistoric native peoples to this spot for exactly the same reasons that the British army retreated to these woods in October 1777.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 43° 5.653′ N, 73° 35.601′ W. Marker is in Schuylerville, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker can be reached from Monument Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located along a walking trail through Victory Woods. Marker is in this post office area: Schuylerville NY 12871, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Burgoyne Hopelessly Surrounded (within shouting distance of this marker); You’ve Been Robbed! (within shouting distance of this
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By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
2. A Good Place to Set Up Camp Marker
marker); The Last Ditch Defenses (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victory Woods (about 300 feet away); . . . their cannon shot . . . reaching every part of our camp (about 400 feet away); The Stench of Failure (about 400 feet away); The Loyalists Leave Early (approx. 0.2 miles away); Two Brothers Meet Again (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Schuylerville.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of native peoples gathering food and cooking.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Take of tour of Victory Woods, where the British army under Gen. John Burgoyne retreated to after the Battles of Saratoga, and from where he surrendered on October 17, 1777.
 
Also see . . .  Saratoga National Historic Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on July 17, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on Victory Woods Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
3. Marker on Victory Woods Trail
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By Bill Coughlin, July 16, 2013
4. A Good Place to Set Up Camp Marker
The marker can be seen on the left, further along on the boardwalk.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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