Distinguished Historian returns to The Turning Point

Friederike Baer to speak in Saratoga with Hessians presentation

Dr. Friederike Baer will speak at the 3rd Women in War Symposium on Saturday May 4, 2024. The prestigious event will feature a panel of experts on Women in the Revolutionary War.

Her address will describe the experience of Saratoga, "With the Battle of Saratoga our Misfortunes began, Friederike Riedesel in the War for American Independence".

The Symposium will be held at the Old Saratoga American Legion Post in Schuylerville, NY. The location stands within musket range of Gen. John Burgoyne’s last stand of the Battles of Saratoga, now site of the Saratoga Monument.

Dr. Baer has spoken recently at the Saratoga Battlefield and at important conferences throughout the United States. Her book Hessians was awarded the 2023 Society of the Cincinnati Prize and most recently was a Finalist for the American Battlefield Trust Inaugural Military History Book. Other awards include the 2022 American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia's Book Award, and Distinguished Historian by The Marshall House Inc., preserving the site of the Baroness’s immersion in combat.

Professor Baer continues to research in preparation of further publication.  Her website is https://friederikebaer.com/ .

Details can be found at Saratoga250 https://saratoga250.com/events/annual-women-in-war-symposium/

The Apple Cottage


In 1957 a small two storey cottage was built beside a small brook, now dammed to create a pond in the woods, some thirty yards behind The Marshall House. This structure and its furnishings, some brought from the owner’s homes in Kyoto and Tokyo, are inspired by Japanese domestic architecture.

Like its parent, The Marshall House, it is constructed of local materials. Within and without the walls are of pine, the ground floor is slate flagstone from a nearby quarry and the roof, too, is slate.

Interior features include a cryptomeria stair railing with mulberry balustrade and cherry false rafters from Japan supporting a sawali split bamboo mat ceiling from the Philippine Islands. The bedroom ceiling is covered with grass paper brought from Korea. On a sign beside its doorway “Apple Cottage” is written in both Japanese and English.

This winsome little house is used as an occasional residence, as a guest house and as a studio for the owner’s wife, a well-known composer[1]. This secluded cottage with its pleasant associations is a lovely daughter of The Marshall House.