Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Rock City Falls and Saratoga Nat'l Historical Park

Are you beginning to notice a theme here? On the drive from Little Falls to Glens Falls, we passed through the hamlet of Rock City Falls.
Here in 1862 George West, the 'paper bag king' established his Empire Mill on the Kayaderosseras Creek. While across the street......
....he built his home in the Italian Villa style. Now a bed and breakfast listed on the National Historic Register and known as The Mansion Inn, it was built in 1866.
Another view of the mill area taken from a downstream spot. Traveling east of the Mississippi is so interesting to me because every spot is historical and I love history!
The rain was only getting heavier; time to find another indoor attraction and Bud was the one to lead us to the Saratoga National Historic Park, site of the Battles of Saratoga and the turning point of the American Revolution. This view is from the visitor center and overlooks one of the battle fields.
Bud found this hat among the ones you could try on. His comment was: "evidently some guy named Trump was an officer".
While Bud was impressed by the chapeaus, these cuff links in a display of artifacts caught my eye.
 After we left the park, we drove back to the Saratoga Monument a 155 foot obelisk commemorating the American victory in the Battles of Saratoga. Appropriately, the monument is located in the village of Victory near Victory Woods and Burgoyne's army's last stand before surrendering. The aforementioned George West was a contributor in the building of the monument.

If it hadn't been raining, we might have missed this interesting glimpse into part of the history of the American Revolution.

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