In the 18th century, upstate New York was the scene for some of the bloodiest and most significant battles ever fought on the North American continent. The struggle to control the strategic waterways of the Hudson River, Mohawk River, and Lake Champlain was a decisive factor in both the French and Indian war of 1754-1763, and the American Revolution of 1775-1783. We will walk the battlegrounds and stand on the battlements of those wars, as we immerse ourselves in the dark and bloody days of 18th century frontier warfare, as we visit Fort Stanwix, Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga National Historical Park, and other sites.
Day One: Fort Stanwix, Oriskany Battlefield, Oneida Nation museum (or meeting with Oneida Nation guide on Oriskany battlefield?) Drive to Ticonderoga, NY. Overnight in a churchhall (or the like) in Ticonderoga.
Day Two: Fort Ticonderoga, Mount Defiance, Ticonderoga ferry to Vermont, Mount Independence, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, overnight in Burlington, VT.
Day Three: Bridge to Crown Point, NY, Crown Point history park, Saratoga battlefield, New York State military museum, overnight in Saratoga Springs.
Day Four: To one of the outdoor education centers to meet up with other AA and OA trips, same as every other trip.