Saratoga National Historical Park

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At Saratoga National Historical Park, the ghost of a black man in a three-cornered hat and ragged militia uniform was said to appear and tell his story to a visitor. He told her he thought he was shot and killed by his own men. After he told her the tale, he simply vanished. No one has seen him since, and the general opinion is that telling his story enabled him to move on toward his afterlife. He may have waited 220 years for someone who was willing and able to hear and understand him. Also around the battlefield, other soldiers’ ghosts are said to appear and sometimes moan in pain or speak.

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Geographic Information

648 Route 32
Stillwater, NY
United States

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42.9957923, -73.63535919999998
Saratoga County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Stillwater, NY (4.1 mi.)
Victory Mills, NY (6.7 mi.)
Mechanicville, NY (6.9 mi.)
Schaghticoke, NY (7.1 mi.)
Valley Falls, NY (7.4 mi.)
Schuylerville, NY (7.7 mi.)
Round Lake, NY (8.7 mi.)
Greenwich, NY (9.5 mi.)
Saratoga Springs, NY (9.7 mi.)
Country Knolls, NY (10.2 mi.)


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  1. I keep an open mind with regards to the paranormal; however, I have to say that the Saratoga Battlefield is likely not haunted. I have walked the place for at least 25 years, sometimes 6 days a week, and I have never witnessed anything odd or unexplainable. I have been on all of the trails during AM to PM visits, too. I do not mind people exploring the possibilities of strange occurrences, but it offends me when zealots try to create happenings.Yes, people died there–but that fact does not necessitate the eldritch.

  2. I visited the site this spring and in all honesty. if the place was haunted, i doubt you’d find ’em.There is a winding 9 mile drive through the park to look at historic parts of the battlefield but the area has been allowed to grow up so much that much of the ground fought over is now covered with trees. sure there might be a spectral line of soldiers advancing, but you’d never see them for the trees.

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