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Steuben Memorial
State Historic Site

 

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Established as a memorial state park by then governor Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1931, the property has had a long history dating back to the late 1700's.  Baron von Steuben, a former Prussian Army General, volunteered his services to Benjamin Franklin in 1777 to advise the ill-trained American army.  He turned a ragged, starving army into an effective fighting force giving him the nickname 'Drillmaster of the American Revolution'. 

As gratitude for his wartime contributions, Congress granted von Steuben a life annuity and New York State deeded him a large parcel of land.  He spent his summers at his two room log house in New York until his death in 1794.  He wanted an unmarked grave, however by 1804 his remains were transferred to what is now known as the "Sacred Grove".  A large, but rather plain monument now marks his resting place.

The park area features grills, picnic tables as well as surprising views into the Adirondack foothills.  A replica cabin stands in the perfect spot for a perfect view looking into the Adirondacks.  A short walk along the Historic Trail (which is now a service road) as well as the short walk into the Sacred Grove to the monument are all worth exploring when visiting.  There is no admission fee to enter this park. 

Below are a few pictures and a video.

Hours of Operation

  • Mid-May thru Labor Day, Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m.
    Also open Monday holidays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Directions: From Utica take NY 12/28 north toward Remsen.  Turn left on Pritchard Road then a left on Evans Road, to a quick right on Starr Hill Road.  The park is on the right.

GPS Coordinates to the entrance --> N43 20.103 W75 13.975

 

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Sign for the monument

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Monument

 

Replica cabin at Steuben Memorial State Historic Site

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