Revolutionary Weekend

Most of this content was taken from a website entitled A Revolutionary Day Along Historical Route 4, and most of the links lead to it.  I felt that trying to do this entire tour in one day would not do these marvelous sites justice, and so planned for a two-day trip, as outlined below.  My thanks to the originator of this wonderful tour, Dr. Raymond C. Houghton and the Cyber Haus Computer Learning Center.  I urge you to purchase the booklet, which is much more complete than this. You might also enjoy any of the FIVE Revolutionary War road trips or the week-long boat trip to be found at this site: A Revolutionary Day.
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There is nothing like going to actual battlefield sites to get a feel for what freedom has cost those who came before us. During the summer of 2000, I took off with my son, 14, on a New York State history weekend.  We used the following plan as our guide.  We actually did just about everything on this list, although we did decide to drive home right after the Battles of Saratoga.

Map of our trip to Revolutionary War historical sites The pink line shows how we got to Castleton, VT.  The green line shows our trip from Castleton, through the historic sites, and back to Syracuse.  The green dots show the beginning of the historical tour in Castleton and the end at the Saratoga Battlefields.

We ended up spending a long time at Mount Independence, as we happened upon a huge group of Revolutionary War Re-enactors, marching, playing fifes and drums, and firing cannon on each other.  Nevertheless, we were able to make up for lost time and got a very good picture of the movement of troops and reasons for various victories and defeats.

Two weeks later, we visited the Oriskany Battlefield (see this excellent map of the battlefield), Fort Stanwix and the home of General Herkimer.  The picture of the planned three-pronged advance into New York State by the British was now complete. 

Here is a great map of The British Northern Campaign of 1777.

Friday afternoon: Leave Syracuse, drive to Vermont.

Friday night: Spend the night in a Castleton area motel. (We stayed at Jen's Motel, 1122 Business Route 4, Center Rutland, VT 05736 Ph: 802-773-9480.  It was immaculately clean and very reasonably priced.)

9:00 - 9:45 AM -- Mile Mark 0

Breakfast in Castleton, VT: In the spring of 1775, Ethan Allen, Seth Warner, Edward Mott, John Brown and Benedict Arnold had breakfast here while they made final plans for the attack on Fort Ticonderoga and Fort Crown Point.
9:45 - 10:10 AM -- Mile Mark 0 - 6.5
Castleton to the Hubbardton Battlefield: Travel up the old military road to the Hubbardton Battlefield.
10:10 - 10:45 AM -- Mile Mark 6.5
Hubbardton Battlefield: On July 7, 1777, the rear guard of Americans retreating down the military road from Fort Ticonderoga were attacked here by British forces.
10:45 - 11:15 AM -- Mile Mark 6.5 - 28.6
Hubbardton to Mount Independence: Continue your travels up the old military road to Mount Independence.
11:15 - 12:00 noon -- Mile Mark 28.6
Mount Independence: Winter home for over 2000 American troops from 1776-1777.
12:00 - 12:45 PM -- Mile 28.6 - 58.8
Mount Independence to Fort Crown Point: Travel up the east side of Lake Champlain, but watch out for cows in the road
12:45 - 2:15 Mile Mark 58.8 - 59.2
Eat lunch somewhere and visit Fort Crown Point: This historic site holds the impressive ruins of Fort Crown Point, including redoubts, barracks and parade ground.
2:15 - 2:45 PM -- Mile Mark 59.2 - 75.8
Crown Point to Fort Ticonderoga : Travel down the down the other end of the old military road.
2:45 - 5:00 PM -- Mile Mark 75.8
Fort Ticonderoga: Visit the restored Fort Ticonderoga. No fort in the world has had such an active, yet short history. In two decades, this fort was the center of attack by great nations six times, four of those were between 1775-1777.

Spend the night in Ticonderoga  (We stayed at the Super 8 Motel in Ticonderoga and found it to be quite fine.)

8:30 - 9:15 -- Breakfast in Ticonderoga

9:15 - 9:50 AM -- Mile Mark 75.8 - 104.2

Fort Ticonderoga to Skenesboro (today's Whitehall): Travel south along the rugged west side of Lake Champlain with occasional spectacular overlooks.
9:50 - 10:30 AM -- Mile Mark 104.2 - 106.4
Skenesboro (today's Whitehall) : Where is the home of the US Navy? Annapolis? Norfolk? Nope, thanks to Benedict Arnold, it's right here on Lake Champlain!
10:30 - 10:45 AM -- Mile Mark 106.4 - 117
Skenesboro (today's Whitehall) to Fort Ann: Travel down US Route 4, which for the next fifty miles parallels the route that British Forces took in 1777 to divide the American colonies.
10:45 - 11:00 AM -- Mile Mark 117
Fort Ann: Spend a few minutes in this little town that was once the farthest south that one could travel by water from Lake Champlain.
11:00 - 11:20 AM -- Mile Mark 117 - 129.2
Fort Ann to Fort Edward: Before the Champlain Canal, this road was a portage route for water travelers.
11:20 - 11:30 AM -- Mile Mark 129.2 - 130
Fort Edward: Meet the Hudson River at was once a great carrying place for Lake Champlain and Lake George.
11:30 - 11:40 AM -- Mile Mark 130 - 137.2
Fort Edward to Fort Miller: Cross the Champlain Canal and travel down the east bank of the Hudson River.
11:40 - 11:45 AM -- Mile Mark 137.2 - 139
Fort Miller: Drive through this tiny little town that was once a great gathering place.
11:45 - 11:50 AM -- Mile Mark 139 - 143.1
Fort Miller to Schuylerville : Cross the Hudson River and travel down its west bank.
11:50 - 2:30 PM -- Mile Mark 143.1 - 144.1
Schuylerville: Eat lunch and visit the town where a British surrender became the turning point in the American Revolution. Tour the Schuyler House.
2:30 - 2:45 PM -- Mile Mark 144.1 - 150.8
Schuylerville to the Battles of Saratoga: There are many historical markers along this part of US Route 4.
2:45 - 4:30 PM -- Mile Mark 150.8 - 163
Battles of Saratoga: Visit the Saratoga Battlefield National Park.

4:30 - 8:00 PM: Go to Saratoga Springs, have dinner, drive home.


4:30 - 4:45 PM -- Mile Mark 163 - 168.4

Battles of Saratoga to Stillwater: Travel from what was the farthest extent of the 1777 British invasion to the American side.
4:45 - 5:00 PM -- Mile Mark 168.4
Stillwater: This village was once the Headquarters of General Philip Schuyler, commander of the American forces during the greater part of the British invasion.
5:00 - 5:15 PM -- Mile Mark 168.4 - 178.8
Stillwater to Waterford: Continue down the west bank of the Hudson River. If you have extra time, take the detour to the Battle of Bennington.
5:15 - 5:20 PM -- Mile Mark 178.8 - 180
Waterford: A colonial ford across the Mohawk River.
5:20 - 5:30 PM -- Mile Mark 180 - 181.3
Waterford to Peebles Island: Cross the Hudson one more time.
5:30 - 6:00 PM -- Mile Mark 181.3 - 184
Peebles Island: Visit the park on the other side of the water ford where Americans prepared to make their last stand against the British invasion of 1777.
6:00 - 9:00 PM -- Look for dinner in the area, take 9R to Route 87 south and head home.

OR ...

6:00 - 6:30 PM -- Mile Mark 184 - 202.8
Peebles Island to Albany: Travel to the end of US Route 4.
6:30 - 8:30 PM -- Mile Mark 202.8
Albany: Drive through what was once the goal of the British invasion of 1777. See the restored home of Major General Philip Schuyler. Have dinner (or stay the night!) at the Mansion Hill Inn and Restaurant.
8:30 - 10:30 -- Drive home.

Last updated 07/04/03

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