Knox Trail
Pocket Park
In what remains one of the most dramatic strategic moves of the Revolutionary War, General Henry Knox dragged an assemblage of cannons overland from Fort Ticonderoga to the heights overlooking the British-occupied city of Boston. Delivery of this artillery to General Washington forced the British evacuation of the city the next spring, resulting in one of the early victories for the American Army.
Knox's "train of artillery" was in part carried over today's New York State Rt. 4 through Northumberland to the village of Schuylerville.

In 1926 56 granite and bronze monuments were erected to mark the 290 mile Heritage Trail between Ft Edward and Boston. Three monuments in close proximity to Hudson Crossing Park are at Knox Trail Pocket Park at the foot of Stark's Knob Road, another at the south end of Schuylerville, the third just
10 miles to the south, in Bemis Heights.

"The Nobel Train of Artillery" (left), consisted of Col. Henry Knox and men painted by Tom Lovell currently on exhibit at the Ticonderoga Museum. In the winter of 1775-76 Colonel Knox successfully hauled this "train of artillery" from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston to help George Washington force the British out of Boston.

The Knox Trail Pocket Park, with convenient parking and just a short walk from Stark's Knob, provides picnic tables and interpretive signs. The Turning Point at Olde Saratoga Rotary Club has adopted this Hudson Crossing Pocket Park, helping to care for flower beds and landscaping.

A trio of flags and split rail fencing on the corner of N.Y.S. Route 4 and Stark's Knob Road beckons travelers to pause for a few moments to check out
this historic site. For more about this trail, and other sign locations tap HERE
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In July of 2013, Dave Fagerberg met Darryl Dumas at the Konx Trail marker. Dave, is an 18th century reenactor with an interest in historic military trails. He enjoys promoting these trails by walking rather than driving them. "I am able to view some of the same buildings & countrysides the soldiers did in the 18th century." By walking a trail he helps bring a unique awareness of its existence to the many people he encounter along the way.
Colonel Henry Knox
About the Knox Trail: (Courtesy of Dave Fagerberg)
In December 1775, General George Washington ordered 25 year old Colonel Henry Knox to travel from Boston to Fort Ticonderoga in New York state to obtain 59 captured artillery pieces and bring them back to Boston. These cannons included ones taken from both the fort at Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga. At this time, the British occupied the city of Boston. The plan was to have these cannons placed on Dorchester Heights over-looking the Boston Harbor where the British fleet was anchored.

Colonel Knox successfully hauled this "train of artillery" to Boston arriving on January 24th, 1776. In March of 1776, the British were forced to evacuate the city once they realized their fleet would be destroyed by the artillery. Knox's journey was an enormous feat! Traversing deep snow, frozen rivers and very cold temperatures ...his efforts should be known by many more Americans than they currently are.

Colonel Henry Knox went on to become a Major General and was the top artillery commander during the entire Revolutionary War. He also became the nation's first Secretary of War.
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