Originally known as Fort Saratoga, Schuylerville was first settled by the Dutch (notably the Schuyler family) in 1691.A community developed near the old Saratoga Fort was destroyed in 1745. During the Revolutionary War this is where the British crossed the Hudson on their way to Stillwater. They were later defeated and retreated back to the village to surrender. This is known as the Battle of Saratoga. The village is on the west bank of the Hudson River, which defines the county line of Washington County and borders the Village of Victory.
Schuylerville was also a part of the Underground Railroad. During the 1850s, Daniel Meader was a businessman and proud Schuyler resident but also a big part of the Underground Railroad and knwon to many as “Uncle Daniel”.
It has been noted throughout history that both the Hudson River and the Champlain Canal were used as escape routes by fugitive slaves.
Schuylerville is recognized as one of America’s most historic places. It has also been the center of controversy at times. In 1990 the Schuylerville school and a local Jewish family legally battled over the removal of a paitning depicting the crucification of Jesus Christ from the school auditorium. The lawsuits propted a visit from a Ku Klux Klan member. During that time, Al Sharpton staged a protest of the Ku Klux Klans prescence. This drew national attention.