New York State is historic. No matter where one goes in the state there are connections with the past. Visit some of the 37 historic state parks to learn about the state’s historic role. Oriskany, Johnson Hall, Schuyler Mansion, and Washington’s Headquarters are just four sites that deal with the Revolutionary War.
- Oriskany Battlefield: On a quiet hillside one of the most significant and bloodiest battles of the Revolution took place on August 6, 1777. General Nicolas Herkimer, leader of the American forces, though mortally wounded kept command of the fight till the enemy had fled. The life-blood of more than two hundred patriot heroes made this battleground sacred forever. Some Mohawk Valley families lost all male members; hardly any family escaped unscathed.
- Johnson Hall: Johnson Hall, in Johnstown is the 1763 beautifully restored Georgian home of Sir William Johnson, one of the largest colonial landowners and most influential individuals in the Mohawk Valley. Johnson was Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the British and was a loyalist during the American Revolution. A legend says that Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant used his tomahawk to put marks on the mahogany stair railing as a sign to the Native Americans not to burn the house; regardless of the veracity of the legend, the house was not burned.
- Schuyler Mansion: Major General Philip Schuyler and his wife were one of the wealthiest and most influential families in 18th century Albany. Schuyler was a Revolutionary War general, a US senator and a very successful businessman. Their home was the site of military strategy meetings and hub of Albany’s social scene.
- Washington’s Headquarters: Washington really did sleep here at his Newburgh headquarters where he made some of his most important decisions. It was here that Washington discarded the idea that he should be king and created the Badge of Military Merit which became the Purple Heart. The Purple Heart Hall of Honor and other Revolutionary War sites are nearby.