Schuyler House opens at Saratoga National Historical Park

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The Schuyler House at Saratoga National Historical Park is scheduled to open to the public Friday / NPS file

The Schuyler House in Saratoga National Historical Park in upstate New York is scheduled to open for the summer season on June 10. The house will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 22. Tours will begin at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. An open house will follow from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and the first floor is accessible to all visitors.

The national park preserves, protects and interprets sites associated with the battles, siege and surrender of British forces at Saratoga during the Revolutionary War. The Colonial victory marked the first time in history that British forces had been defeated.

The park includes five sites: Saratoga Battlefield, General Philip Schuyler’s House, Victory Woods, Saratoga Monument, and Sword Surrender Site, totaling 3,579 acres combined. It was here in September and October 1777 that American troops defeated the British invasion force. The British army surrendered on October 17, 1777. This crucial victory secured vital foreign reconnaissance and support and boosted the morale of the American forces, making it a defining moment in the American Revolution.

The Schuyler House was part of a working estate owned by the Schuyler family from 1702 to 1837. The present house was built by General Philip Schuyler (1733-1804), a prominent figure in the American Revolutionary War and from the early days of American politics, in late 1777 after his former home was burned down by retreating British soldiers. The Schuylers accumulated vast land holdings and wealth through lumber, flour and flax mills, timber and fish harvesting, agricultural production and leased farm lots. The estate was also home to dozens of men and women enslaved by the Schuylers to work in their various businesses and support their way of life here and at their mansion in Albany.

This season, visitors will find extensive interior renovations to bring the house closer to its late 18th and early 19th century appearance. Restoration and maintenance work includes updating exhibits with replica flooring, wallpaper and furniture. Work will continue to repair and preserve some decorative wooden elements and the roof and to update the path between the parking lot and the house for better accessibility.

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