• Scenic rural landscape with green lawn, cloud-flecked blue sky, and autumn foliage punctuated by a small, deep red farmhouse and red cannon carriages.

    Saratoga

    National Historical Park New York

Benedict Arnold Exhibit

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Date: June 5, 2012
Contact: Visitor Center, 518-670-2985

"Broken Trusts: the Chequered Career of Benedict Arnold"
This new exhibit, to be on display through April 2013, examines the twists and turns of Arnold's path from active supporter of American Independence to his betrayal of his country and comrades. "People are always puzzled as to why Benedict Arnold changed sides," notes Park Ranger Joe Craig. "At Saratoga, Arnold's heroism was stellar, yet later the pendulum swung the other direction and he betrayed his country. Some feel his earlier gallant service should be the main and only focus - our exhibit seeks to examine some of the enigmas and contradictions of this complex man."

Did You Know?

Grayscale picture of the Blockhouse.  The Neilson House is visible to the right and rear.

Before Saratoga National Historical Park was a National Park Service site, it was a New York State historical preserve (1927-1938). The park's first visitor center was a reproduced blockhouse that reportedly contained boards from a local barn that existed during the Battles of Saratoga.