Lakes to Locks Passage: Turning Point

  • Start: Ticonderoga, NY
  • End: Poestenkill, NY
  • Last Modified: 2012-01-25 18:06:50
  • Total Mileage: 240 Miles
  • Number of stops: 15


As you travel along Lakes to Locks Passage in upstate New York, you will be on a route that shaped the history of North America as we know it today. In June 1777, British Major General John Burgoyne, a.k.a. Gentleman Johnny, undertook his part of the plan to sever New England, the seedbed of the American Revolution, from the rest of the continent. As he moved down the Champlain-Hudson waterway to Albany, Burgoyne's army of some 6,000 men met no resistance, and took Fort Ticonderoga without firing a shot. His troubles began as he prepared to cross 22 miles of wilderness between Lake Champlain and the Hudson River. When you travel the byway today, between Whitehall and Fort Edward, it is easy to imagine Burgoyne's troops struggling along this narrow passage between Lake Champlain and the Hudson River -- through wooded hillsides, narrow ravines, steep cliffs, and a three-mile stretch of swamp. If you continue south along the Hudson, you will follow the path of General Burgoyne to Saratoga, and the “Turning Point of the American Revolution;” or the southeast route of Lieutenant Colonel Friedrich Baum will take you to the site of the Bennington Battlefield. Along the way, you will find museums and guides who will tell you about how the landscape, and the people who lived on it, shaped the outcome of the American Revolution. Visit us at to see the full text of this itinerary, videos and our interactive map-guide.

Stop #1:

Fort Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga, NY

Stop #2:

Skenesborough Museum
Whitehall, NY

Stop #3:

Battle Hill
Fort Ann, NY

Stop #4:

Jane McCrea Monument
Fort Edward, NY

Stop #5:

Old Fort House Museum
Fort Edward, NY

Stop #6:

Rogers Island Visitor Center
Fort Edward, NY

Stop #7:

Victory Woods
Stillwater, NY

Stop #8:

Saratoga Monument
Stillwater, NY

Stop #9:

Fort Hardy Park
Stillwater, NY

Stop #10:

Schuyler House
Stillwater, NY

Stop #11:

Saratoga Battlefield
Stillwater, NY

Stop #12:

Stillwater Blockhouse
Stillwater, NY

Stop #13:

Van Schaick Mansion
Cohoes, NY

Stop #14:

Old Burying Grounds
Fort Edward, NY

Stop #15:

Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
Poestenkill, NY

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