History

The Lake George Region is rich in history, and actually played a vital role in the ultimate creation of this United States of America. The beginning of American liberty can be said to have begun here. Area sites, including Fort William Henry and Fort Ticonderoga, played crucial roles in shaping the course of history through a series of important events including major battles in the French & Indian War, blocking French or British military advances from Canada, and having the first victory of the American Revolution. Today, you can visit the forts, homes, monuments, museums, battlegrounds, and bodies of water that tell these stories. Find out more about thrilling events, captivating facts, and significant sites that has made Lake George an historically important landmark.

Learn about historical people, places, events, happenings, and findings that are of significant importance to the Lake George Region of Upstate New York. Read about Father Isaac Jogues (who named Lake George  – “Lac Du Saint Sacrament”), the history of Lake George Village, Fort William Henry’s archaeological dig, Theodore Roosevelt (who learned he became president while traveling in the Adirondacks), Thomas Jefferson (who described Lake George as the most beautiful water he’d ever seen), White House Recognition (of a local diving group’s effort in preserving underwater shipwrecks in Lake George), and so many more wonderful details of this region’s history.

Historic Sites

If you haven’t already heard, The Lake George Region is incredibly rich in history. If you are a history buff, or just interested in visiting important historical sites, places and landmarks, be sure to take an adventure and visit the following historical “Have You Seen?” locations, which include the forts,… Read More

Did You Know? - History

Enjoy a collection of a variety of fascinating historical facts and informational tidbits on the Lake George Region, including famous presidents that visited Lake George, French and Indian War events, underwater historic shipwrecks, and more! Did You Know?... ...that Lake George was formed about 10,000 years ago when a melting… Read More

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was climbing Mt. Marcy in the Adirondacks' High Peaks when word arrived that President McKinley had been shot. Traveling by horse and buggy, Roosevelt rushed over 40 miles of dirt roads to the North Creek railroad station to learn that McKinley died and that he (Roosevelt) was now… Read More

Underwater Historic Shipwrecks

Lake George, the "Queen of American Lakes," is enjoyed by everyone of all ages for its fishing, boating, and swimming. However, emerged far below the depths of the surface, lies something quite haunting, yet amazingly wondrous...underwater shipwrecks! These Historic Shipwrecks (including those from the French and Indian War) as well as other… Read More

Historic Fort William Henry Archaeology Dig

The Fort William Henry in Lake George, New York is the site of the battle of the 1750’s French and Indian war and is a mecca for artifacts and clues to our nation’s past. During the year of 1999, the fort held an archaeological dig within the fortress barracks from… Read More

Historic Steamboats on Lake George

In 1807, Robert Fulton sailed up the Hudson River from New York City to Albany in his steam-powered paddle boat, the "Clermont," thereby, inaugurating the first commercially successful steamboat service in America. The following year, the Winans Brothers from Vermont built a similar vessel on Lake Champlain, which provided an… Read More

Thomas Jefferson describing Lake George

Thomas Jefferson, in 1791, was among the earliest tourists in Lake George who came to enjoy the pure, sparkling waters of the lake and the natural and majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains. He wrote a letter to his daughter attesting to the absolute beauty of the body of water… Read More

History of Queensbury

250 Years (1762-2012) The 2012 years marks the celebratory milestone of 250 years since the founding of the town of Queensbury, New York. In 1762, a group of Quakers arrived from the central Hudson Valley and acquired a 23,000 acre tract of land and named it Queensbury, after Queen Charlotte,… Read More

History of Glens Falls

On March 13, 1908, the Village of Glens Falls went from being the largest village in New York State to an incorporated city when Governor Charles Evans Hughes, a Glens Falls native and future US Supreme Court judge, granted the city its charter. In 2008, the city of Glens Falls… Read More

Markers and Monuments

From Colonial Wars of the 1600's and the French and Indian War of the 1700's, encompassing the Adirondacks, Champlain, and Hudson River Valleys, are signposts, markers, and monuments depicting extraordinary historical engagements and settlements. To further appreciate the dramatic episodes that shaped the course of history and to help familiarize… Read More

White House Recognition for Bateaux Below

Bateaux Below, the underwater archaeology and historic preservation group, was the recipient of a "Preserve America Steward" designation announced on July 29, 2009 from First Lady Michelle Obama and the White House. It was noted that the group and its volunteers were one of only two to receive this distinction… Read More

Lake George in History

Through years of significant events during the French and Indian War including The Battle of Lake George, Massacre of Fort William Henry, the Battle of Saratoga, and the final surrender of British General Burgoyne (known as "the turning point in the American Revolution"), it can be said that the Lake George… Read More