Broad Street

Broad Street

Schuylerville, NY

Broad Street in Schuylerville NY is to the Revolutionary War what downtown Gettysburg PA is to the Civil War - OR - it will be soon: Schuylerville's (Old Saratoga) official motto is "America's Most Historic Village." It was here in October 1777 that British General John Burgoyne, for the first time in history, surrendered an Imperial British army. This major event is widely known as the "turning point" of the American Revolution, and called by many military historians one of the top ten events in the evolution of Western History. Broad Street, (NY Route 4) is the route that connects the battlefields south of town, now the home of a famous National Park, with the siege field, Fort Hardy Park in the Village, where the British grounded their arms. Our community is in the process of building a Visitors Center on that very ground. With the addition of this new ability to interpret the events at Fort Hardy, the story of "The Battles of Saratoga" can be told in its entirety. All along the route connecting these two sites marched both the defeated and the victorious armies which fought there. Many individual sites on the way are being re-developed to interpret specific events that occurred. The hamlet once known as "Saratoga" changed its name to Schuylerville to honor Gen. Phillip Schuyler, father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton, whose farms and mills were the economic center of the area. The historic buildings on Broad Street, built around Schuyler's settlement are currently in the middle of a major revival by investors and entrepreneurs who will be at the epicenter of a new awakening of interest in one of our country's most significant moments. Broad Street in Schuylerville is poised to be in the very center of a major spike in the Heritage Tourism industry.