Stillwater Blockhouse: 1777 era, Stillwater, Saratoga Co. The Stillwater Blockhouse
is historically unique. It was built in part with timbers from Revolutionary
era structures on the Neilsen Farm which stood within what is now Saratoga
National Historical Park and was part of the Bemis Heights fortifications.
It replicates the early 18th Century blockhouses of the region, but was actually
built in 1927 as NYS turned the Saratoga Battlefield into an historical park.
The "Battlefield blockhouse" was used as a visitor center and museum. Later
when a new visitors center was constructed by the NPS, and as the structure
was not authentic to the battlefield, it was donated in 1975 to the Town of
Stillwater. It has been placed in a small park on the Hudson River, and is
dedicated to local history.
In Colonial times historic forts and blockhouses
existed on nearby sites (1701 Ft Ingoldsby,
Winslow, 1758 Montressor's
For more information on Stillwater see www.stillwaterny.org/Town/history.htm (link
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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military
February 24, 2006