|Plans are in the works for a New York State Reunion to be held in Saratoga Springs in mid-September. The area around Saratoga Springs is rich in American history, including the Battle of Saratoga, widely considered to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The town itself is hugely popular, known for its restaurants, shops, historical sites, beauty and, in the summer, for its world-renown horseracing.
Of specific interest to us – during the mid-1700s a number of Wings left the Sandwich area and settled in many parts of New York State including Saratoga County. Although Saratoga Springs itself was not incorporated until 1826, the surrounding towns including Easton, Glens Falls (then known as Wing’s Falls) and particularly Greenfield, were home to a number of Wings who were Quakers, and whose gravestones can be found in local cemeteries.
One of our District members, Mary Small, has agreed to help me organize the event; my thanks to her. We’re still in the planning stage, but here are the facts – we hope to have the luncheon on September 14th at a restaurant or inn in Saratoga Springs, followed by a presentation by a local historian related to local history or to the Quaker settlements in the area. In addition, Saratoga Historical National Park is located about 15 miles southeast of the town on the site of the two Battles of Saratoga which took place in September 1777. This crucial Revolutionary War victory renewed American patriots’ hopes for independence, and forever changed the face of American history. The Park offers a range of interesting activities, including tours - guided or individual - reenactments, displays, etc. Please have a look at its website: www.nps.gov/sara.
In order to continue planning this event we need to get an idea of how many people might attend. We’ll need a minimum of 20 for the lunch and speaker. Why not consider making it a weekend? Saratoga Springs is a terrific place to spend several days and accommodations cover a wide range of prices. Have a look at the Chamber of Commerce website -http://www.saratoga.org. Under the far left column on the home page, select “Member Category” and scroll down to “hotels/motels/cottages.” While you’re on the website have a look at what else is going on in Saratoga Springs, found under the “What’s Happening” tab at the top of the homepage.
Although the event is still seven months away, if you think there is a possibility you might attend – even if you aren’t totally sure - please let me know before March 15th, 2013.
Thanks very much and I look forward to hearing from you!