Saratoga, NY (September 23, 2021)— The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced that management of its popular Saratoga Surrender Site has been transferred to the National Park Service (NPS) as part of the Saratoga National Historical Park. The property includes the site where the British Army surrendered during the 1777 Battle of Saratoga, an event that is considered the turning point in the American Revolutionary War.
While OSI maintains ownership of the nearly 19-acre Saratoga Surrender Site, an agreement grants the NPS management control of the property, which will continue to be accessible for public use, education, and enjoyment. The property is located in the Town of Saratoga, just a half mile south of Schuylerville on U.S. Route 4 and is open to visitors from dawn to dusk throughout the year.
For more than two decades, OSI has worked in the Saratoga County landscape to protect the historic site, its viewshed, and the important farmland that has supported its community for hundreds of years. Since 1996, OSI has protected more than 9,000 acres in Saratoga County and nearly 2,500 acres in and around the Saratoga Battlefield National Historic Park, including over 170 acres within the National Park boundary, Saratoga Sod Farm, and the Saratoga Surrender Site.
OSI worked in partnership with the Friends of Saratoga Battlefield to develop a plan for the site and create the Saratoga Surrender Site Memorial Park at the exact spot of the surrender. Additional visitor amenities for the site were donated by the Friends of Saratoga Battlefield.
“Saratoga Battlefield National Historical Park is one of our nation’s most valuable historic resources. OSI is proud to have protected this significant, storied, and visually stunning acreage and is pleased to have turned day-to-day management of the Saratoga Surrender Site over to the National Park Service,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO. “Thanks to our current management partnership with the National Park Service, and the significant effort of the Friends of Saratoga Battlefield to raise the funds for and install the amenities at the site, this scenic property will be maintained forever.”