Stillwater was on the highway of history before the history was recorded. Her main street, Hudson Avenue, on the road from Albany to Canada, has known the feet of Indians who crossed here to the Hoosick River; expeditionary forces in 1690, 1691, 1709 and during the French and Indian Wars; brave Fr. [Isaac] Jogues on his way to martyrdom; the migration of settlers coming “west” from New England; the midwinter trek of Colonel Henry Knox and his men as they brought cannons from Ticonderoga to Cambridge, Massachusetts; the gathering of militia and American forces led under the command of General Horatio Gates in the surprising defeat of the British in 1777 on Stillwater’s hills (The Battles of Saratoga); the dejected march of General Burgoyne’s defeated army; the bustling commerce of a market center and growing manufacturing community during the golden age of the Champlain Canal; visits from great men (Washington really did sleep here in 1783 at the Harmanus Schuyler home); and the gradual changeover to a residential community.
The Town of Stillwater celebrated its bicentennial in 1988, as one of over one hundred towns ‘erected’ by the legislature on March 7,1788; presumably to authorize more polling places for the upcoming election of delegates to the State Convention that would determine whether or not the State of New York would ratify the proposed constitution.
Here is a historical look at Stillwater, from the publication Enjoy Saratoga County: A Self Guiding Glimpse of History, published by Saratoga County.
The following is an exerpt from History of Saratoga County, New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, 1878.