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Tour Guide of My Childhood Home – WPC

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Share with us an image, or two, or three, (or more!) of where you live. For bonus points, tell us what it is about the photo(s) that you love. I can’t wait to go on a fantastic virtual tour of the world, courtesy of photo challenge participants. Away we go!

As I am not really attached to where I currently live it seems quite fitting to give you a little tour of the town and village of my childhood. The same place where my mother and her 13 siblings were raised, many remained to raise their own children near the family home in the village. It is also where my sisters and I raised our own children and my granddaughter spent her childhood living there as well. Stillwater is near and dear to my heart and I visit weekly, still participate in a monthly non-fiction book club, and return for walks in the Saratoga National Historical Park and National Cemetery (Both are actually located in the town of Stillwater located in Saratoga County).

Here we go on our tour:

As you pass through Mechanicville on your way to Stillwater the first sight that captures a passerby should be the truss bridge spanning the Hudson River. The colors change with the seasons, time of day, and weather. When I would travel home to visit my mother, the first thing that felt like home was the bridge. Just like an old friend spanning the river waiting to say “hello, welcome home.”

As you drive into the village of Stillwater stop in to visit my niece at the local library. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit in a comfortable chair with a good book. You may find me there on a random Saturday morning facilitating a Vision Board class. There is fun to be had by all ages.

In the summertime there may be a small parade heading down Hudson Ave with children, firetrucks and possibly kids rides and games at the American Legion after the big event.

After the library you could walk over to check out the Stillwater Blockhouse Museum. After learning about the history and viewing photos, take some time to sit on the bench and enjoy the view of the peaceful  Hudson River.

If your interested in learning more about the Stillwater Blockhouse Museum or the Stillwater Library, click on the links below:

On the way to north on Route 4, heading out of the village toward Schuylerville, stop by the Saratoga National Historical Park. It will be well worth your time no matter the season.

If you are interested in learning more about the Saratoga National Historical Park, Saratoga Battlefield to us, check out their web page here:

After Saratoga National Historical Park, stop by the National Cemetery. There is a quiet, sadly peaceful atmosphere. The grounds have been set up to be beautiful in all seasons. The spring is my favorite. As you drive, or walk, through the trees are all in bloom and it brings the cemetery to life with birds, squirrels, deer and other critters roaming in from the surrounding woods. Last weekend while I was walking someone was firing a rifle – maybe a firing range but not sure. All these brave souls laid to rest with guns being fired nearby makes me think of the waste of lives guns can bring upon families.

If you are interested in learning more about the National Cemetery check out this website:

Population in the 60s was just shy of 1,300. In the 70s and 80s it grew to around 1,500. As of 2000 the population fluctuates between 1,700 and 1,750. There are still some farms that have not been turned into ugly condos and some forest still exist even though Luther’s Forest of my youth is now housing with roads named after the trees they deforested. The aunts and uncles that watched out for us in our youth are now all deceased. Many cousins have moved on to new horizons as have two of my sisters and most of the nieces and nephews. I feel fortunate to have my sister living in our childhood home and my niece living nearby the family home. Stillwater is fortunate to call her their local librarian. It is nice to know that I can still ‘go home.’

If you are looking for excitement and adventure, Stillwater is not really the place to visit. Just as the name states – still waters are what you will find. Mainly rundown now since all the factories closed in the late 70s, early 80s. It is a sleepy town and most of the residents travel a half hour or more to work every morning and afternoon. If you are looking for a little peace and quiet then stop by. People are friendly. You can always stop to Pat’s Sub for a bite to eat or the two/three local pizza shops. Fill up your car at the Stewart’s Shop and your within a short drive to Schuylerville, Schaghticoke, Saratoga Springs or Clifton Park.

Author: spiritofdragonflies

My purpose in life is to inspire others to reach their goals, dreams, higher selves. Are you ready to transform your life forever? Allow me to guide you along the steps toward reaching your inspirational, exciting life. I am a lover of life, a certified QSCA Life Coach, Therapeutic Touch practitioner, Dale Carnegie Graduate Intern Trainer, amateur photographer, and aspiring writer taking steps to reach my own and loving every minute. Love and Light!

10 thoughts on “Tour Guide of My Childhood Home – WPC

  1. Very well written Sandy, I felt the journey with you, how ironic the one picture you captured at the national Cemetery of the stones is in section 6 where my mother lies, I know this because of the 3 birch trees, they are what guides me to mom ❤️. I have many pictures I have taken with my camera that are in my lap top I need to get them and share them with you, it certainly would be a beautiful stroll through Stillwater, which I never really appreciated until I came back from living in Texas. The pictures I captured showed me the sutle beauty of our Village.
    Thank you Sandy for sharing
    Pam

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    • When my children were small I became attached to the Battlefield. We spent many weekends hiking, cross-country skiing and that is where I went to prepare myself to run for the National Guard. I always take a moment to appreciate the bridge and blockhouse too. Although not a lot to do if you need to be entertained, I think we were fortunate to have so much nature and beauty around us during our childhood. Behind Hillside there are two waterfalls that I would visit with friends in my childhood. Glad you enjoyed the journey. It would be fun to get together to see your photos:)

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  2. What a lovely photographic journey through a place. I like your account of your long time connection to Stillwater – the name alone is beautiful. I also like the fact that your travel over a bridge made of steel, nuts and bolts in a place called Mechanicville to get there. It looks like it is made from a giant mechano set.

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  3. What a delightful place you grew up in Sandy, i am a library junky and we are lucky to have a very good library system on the GC. A sad commentary about the gun shot. It is incomprehensible to me how your politicians allow so many guns to be freely available and sad that the fear factor seems to make people feel they have to own a gun to protect themselves. A lovely collection of photos captures the spirit of Stillwater {lovely name.}

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  4. What fun to go there right now with you. Thanks Sandy.

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    • When you come for a visit I will bring you there. Very small village – if you blink your eyes you will miss it but the history and local places are nice. The surrounding area has many nice locations as well. Farther our from the malls and traffic so it can be a peaceful ride through the country.

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