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Watch Our VideosThe New York State Independence Trail provides your roadmap for a self-guided tour of some of the most important sites of the French and Indian war and Revolutionary war — from authentically restored forts and historic battlefields to grand government buildings and period homes.

The Historic Trail can be accessed all along the north-south route between New York City and the Canadian border, or traveled in its entirety for a complete heritage tourism experience.

The story of New York’s Independence Trail begins in 1754 at the start of the French and Indian War. The French, allied with Native Americans, tried to wrest control of the New World from Great Britain by heading south through the Champlain Valley. Key battles were fought at Fort Ticonderoga in Ticonderoga, and Fort William Henry in Lake George.

England’s victory set the stage for the Revolutionary War roughly 20 years later. In 1775, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys caught British soldiers sleeping at Fort Ticonderoga, and captured the fort on behalf of the Continental Army.

Two years later, the turning point of the Revolutionary War was played out at the Battle of Saratoga, where three British units had planned to converge in a southward assault on New York City. The patriots’ thwarted the British and their victory set the stage for the Birth of Our Great Nation.

...to the war that started it all!

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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