Stillwater in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Replica of an 18th century
blockhouse. Built in 1927.
Original visitor center at
Moved to this site in 1999.
Erected by Stillwater Blockhouse Comm.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Forts and Castles • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 42° 56.247′ N, 73° 39.39′ W. Marker is in Stillwater, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker is on Hudson Ave. (New York State Route 4), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stillwater NY 12170, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gen. Henry Knox Trail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stillwater World War I Memorial (about 600 feet away); The Academy (about 700 feet away); Site of Schuyler Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harmanus Schuyler Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); United Church Historic Sites (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dirck Swart House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stillwater.
Regarding Stillwater Blockhouse. Located in the center of the Village of Stillwater, New York the Stillwater Blockhouse is historically unique. It was built in part with timbers from Revolutionary era structures once standing within what is now Saratoga National Historical Park, in Stillwater. It replicates the early 18th century blockhouses of the region, but was actually built in 1927 as New York State turned the site of the American Revolution’s 1777 “Turning Point Battles” into an historical park.
The “Battlefield Blockhouse” as it was first known, was a popular attraction used primarily as a visitor center-museum. Later, a new and larger visitor center-museum was erected and park officials eventually decided in 1975 to donate the Blockhouse to the Town of Stillwater.
Today, the Stillwater Blockhouse, and the Historic Marker, stand in a small riverfront park (approx. 2 acres) on a notably scenic section of the Hudson River. The riverfront park rests at the heart of the Village
Also see . . . New York State Military Museum: Forts, Stillwater Blockhouse. (Submitted on February 25, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Captain Thomas Anbury (1759-1840) served with General Burgoyne's royal army during the early years of the American Revolutionary War and was captured and made prisoner at Saratoga by the colonial forces. Upon receiving his parole, he travelled throughout the colonies, an interested but not especially objective observer (He thought slavery a curse). The following was written by Anbury in his book, "Travels Through the Interior Parts of America";
"Blockhouses not being generally known in England, I shall give a description of them. They are constructed of timbers, placed one on the other, of a sufficient thickness to resist a musket shot, and large enough to contain from 100 to 120 men; there are two apartment in them, one above the other, the upper of which is a division for the officers. In both the lower and upper
— Submitted February 24, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.
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