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By Sen. Elizabeth O’Connor Little

The future of tourism in New York is very much about the past. Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Empire State was the setting for some of the most significant events in the birth of our great nation — from the French & Indian War to the American Revolution. Today, through the foresight and dedication of people across our state, a wealth of historic sites associated with those pivotal moments remain preserved for the enjoyment and education of our children and generations to come.

As the mother of six children, and proud grandmother of 10, I have a great appreciation for the wonderful learning experiences available to families by visiting the sites along The New York State Independence Trail. From authentically restored forts to historic homes … vast battlegrounds steeped in history to solitary roadside monuments harkening to days gone by … our nation’s history reaches out and envelopes us in pride and patriotism.

I encourage families from across New York, our entire country and around the world to journey along the Trail and learn together about the people and places that made our nation what it is today. There are wonderful stories here, awaiting a listening ear and inquisitive mind.

A family vacation should be more than a leisurely escape; it should be an event to remember for a lifetime. The New York State Independence Trail provides just such an experience.

Independence Trail in New York. Learn about the birthplace of America with a tour of key historic sites from the French & Indian and Revolutionary wars.

New York Senator Elizabeth O'Connor Little, Republican, shown above with her grandchildren, represents the residents of the state’s 45th Senate District, which is comprised of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington Counties. Always accessible and willing to listen, Senator Little is a strong proponent of heritage tourism across New York State.


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Battery Park, Manhattan Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn Conference House (Billop Manor House), Staten Island Old Stone House Interpretive Center, Brooklyn Federal Hall National Memorial, Manhattan Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Manhattan Fraunces’ Tavern Museum, Manhattan St. Paul’s Church, Mount Vernon Valentine Varian House, Bronx John Jay Homestead, Katonah Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson Stony Point Battlefield, Stony Point United States Military Academy, West Point Fort Montgomery State Historic Site, Fort Montgomery Constitution Island and the Warner House, West Point New Windsor Cantonment, Vails Gate Knox’s Headquarters, Vails Gate Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh Mount Gulian, Beacon Madam Brett Homestead, Beacon Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown Old Senate House Historic Site, Kingston Van Wyck Homestead Museum, Fishkill Cooper’s Cave, South Glens Falls/Glens Falls Parks-Bentley House, South Glens Falls Rogers Island Visitors Center, Fort Edward Old Fort House Museum, Fort Edward Schuyler House, Schuylerville Fort Hardy Park, Schuylerville Revolutionary War Cemetery, Salem The Saratoga Monument, Victory Saratoga National Historical Park, Stillwater The Stillwater Blockhouse, Stillwater Van Schaick Mansion, Cohoes Historic Stockade District, Schenectady Bennington Battlefield Site, Hoosick Falls Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park, Colonie Crailo State Historic Site, Rensselaer Old Stone Fort Museum, Schoharie Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Albany Peebles Island State Park, Waterford Half-Way Brook, Queensbury Bloody Pond, Queensbury Fort George and Battlefield Park, Lake George Fort William Henry, Lake George Knox Trail, Lake George Rogers Rock, Hague Birthplace of the U.S. Navy, Whitehall Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Crown Point Historic Site, Crown Point Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, Peru Fort Chambly National Historic Site, Chambly, Quebec, Canada