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Tour Guide of My Childhood Home – WPC

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.

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “From Every Angle.”

The Stillwater Block House was located in the Saratoga National Historical Park during my youth. Somewhere along the way the National Historical Park decided the Block House was not original to the Revolutionary War and had it removed. The Historical Society worked long and hard to gather enough money to move the Block House to its current location along the banks of the Hudson River. What a perfect location to have this historical building and a nice park with beautiful views of the Hudson River and trees across the river. In Autumn, with the red, oranges and gold it is truly breathtaking and in the winter covered in white it is as well. I have posted winter photos of this location in the past.

Today, after taking photos of the Railroad Bridge spanning the Hudson on the south end of the town of Stillwater I drove to the Block House Park to take another shot of the bridge from another location. While standing in the park decided to add two posts to this week’s photo challenge. Walking around the Block House I was able to really take the time to notice the building, how the light hit each section, the structure, lines, and detail of the building. As you will notice from the photos there is a canon placed in front of the building. It is very well maintained.

A tree was planted in this park in memory of my cousin who was killed in one of the Twin Tower in New York City on 9/11/2001 which adds to this special location. The Hudson River is very still in this area, thus the name Stillwater. The park is a peaceful place to sit and write, contemplate or just enjoy the scenery.

If you are interested in learning more about Stillwater and this historic site please visit this website. http://www.stillwaterny.org/history/towns-historical-markers/the-stillwater-blockhouse-and-museum/

If you would like to learn more about the Saratoga National Historical Park visit this site. http://www.nps.gov/sara/index.htm

Although I no longer live in Stillwater many of my family members still live in family homes. This was my mother’s birth place where she lived with her parents and 12 siblings. It is a small village where most of the people know one another and can share in the history of the village and families that have lived there.

Do you (or did you) live in an area where your own family has a history?

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