An Army Trades Weekend has been set for Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 from 10 am to 4 pm, at Saratoga National Historic Park.
In the Revolutionary War, armies employed a variety of professional tradesmen and women who worked to provide and repair supplies needed by the troops. Blacksmiths made or fixed ironwork; tailors and seamstress sewed and repaired clothing; Woodworkers built barrels, carriages, and wheels; Tinsmiths made artillery cartridge casings; Armorers repaired muskets; Cordwainers made military accoutrements and shoes for the troops.
Visitors can learn how items were made in the 18th century. Craftsmen will be set up on the lawn at the Visitor Center where you can see the tools of the trade and ask questions.
This event is free and open to the public.
Saratoga National Historic Park is located at 648 Route 32 Stillwater. For more information about this or other events, call the Visitor Center at (518) 670-2985 or visit their website.
Photo of barrel maker interacting with visitors at Saratoga NHP Army Trades Weekend provided.