There's no better way to discover New York State's eye-opening history than at our numerous historical sites along the Path Through History.
Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh is the nation's first public historic site, and the general spent more time there than any other place during the Revolution. You can wander the battlefields of the Saratoga National Historic Park in Stillwater where the halting the British in 1777 is considered the turning point of the Revolutionary War, and one of the 15 greatest battles in world history.
The North Creek Depot Museum in North Creek is where, in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt first learned of President McKinley's death and started his midnight ride to Buffalo to be inaugurated as president. The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo lets you experience the moment again through interactive exhibits.
Where does the women's rights movement have its roots? In Seneca Falls, and the Women's Rights National Historic Park there includes the Wesleyan Chapel where the First Women's Rights Convention was held. The Gay Liberation Monument in New York City's Greenwich Village is across from the Stonewall Inn where LGBT patrons stood up against police raids at what is seen as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.
Some historic sites, like Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego, built by the British in 1755 and destroyed by the French in 1756, have a dual place in history: in addition to its life as a military garrison, it served as a Holocaust survival camp from 1944-46.
Gen. Benedict Arnold forced the British to retreat in Stillwater. Burgoyne surrendered, the first major victory for the Americans, convincing the French to support the fledgling nation. This... more