With 4th of July fast approaching, now is the perfect time for history buffs to visit the Capital-Saratoga Region. Let’s face it, this place is steeped in history and it can be found almost anywhere!

A few history tidbits you might not have known!

  •      “Uncle Sam” is buried in Troy’s Oakwood Cemetery
  •      Famed women’s suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Fulton County
  •      The first significant American military victory of the American Revolutionary War took place at what is now Saratoga National Historic Park
  •      General Ulysses S. Grant completed his memoirs at a cottage in Wilton

Did that get you excited? Well, keep reading for our complete recommendations on Must-See Historical Sites.

A History Buff’s Guide – 5 Must-See Historical Sites!

Saratoga National Historical Park | info
Experience the very spot where American troops battled and beat a British invasion force in 1777, marking the first time in world history that a British Army ever surrendered. Get the full experience with a guided tour of the battlefield and visit to the Schuyler House.

Albany Institute of History & Art | info
The Albany Institute of History & Art is home to one of the finest collections of art and historical objects documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley from the late seventeenth century until now. This summer, special exhibits are highlighting the Erie Canal, Aaron Burr, and the diverse characters who shaped colonial Albany.

Burden Iron Works Museum | info
Take a look at the industrial side of Troy, New York. Burden Iron Works became famous with an automated machine capable of making horse blanks one every second in 1851 as well as a machine designed to make railroad spikes.

Stephen & Harriet Myers Residence | info
An outstanding artifact of the Anti-slavery movement and Underground Railroad! Stephen and Harriet Myers were pivotal figures in the Underground Railroad during the 1850s. If you like a little guidance, tours can be made by arrangement.

Walk in the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton | info
The past takes a big step into the future in Johnstown where history buffs love the 1-mile, 1-hour cell phone tour. Experience influential Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s hometown and let the sights and sounds of her hometown inspire you, as they did her. Click here for the map.

But wait, there’s more!

Like I said, this region is brimming with history. Find a full history-focused itinerary here.

We’re not only The History Capital!

We’re known for so much more than our plethora of historical sites and museums. Leave time for the arts, fabulous food, and the opportunity to enjoy the lush beauty of the landscape. If you need help planning your getaway to the Capital-Saratoga Region, we’ve got plenty of help with hotels, dining, transportation, and detailed itineraries for any interest.