The map was drawn so as to facilitate the sale of the entire property and make the area into individual parcels that people could buy. Thus ended the almost 25-year history of one of the most famous amusement parks in Saratoga County and began the process of opening up a large section of Ballston Lake to residential development. [Read more…] about Forest Park Amusement Park in Saratoga County: Some History
On September 23rd, 1952, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Rotary and the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Women’s Club met at a combined meeting to establish the Library Association which would spearhead fund raisers and begin the process of building a library from the bottom up.
Among other fundraising, the Library Association went door to door soliciting people to come to their homes for breakfast on a particular day — and the invited guests would then be charged for their breakfast. [Read more…] about Ballston Community Library: A Short History
Theodore Roosevelt spent a bit of time in Saratoga County, particularly in the years leading up to and including his time as Governor of New York (1899-1900).
TR would often visit a friend, Guy Baker, who lived in Ballston. He hunted on Baker’s Hawkwood estate and sometimes brought members of his family for short visits with the Bakers. [Read more…] about Ballston’s Hawkwood Estate: Teddy Roosevelt, Guy Baker & The Countess
With all the growth that the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District was experiencing in the first half of the twentieth century, the community was shocked when a fire of unknown origin consumed most of the oldest portion of their only school building and badly damaged the new section.
It started at 3:30 am on March 30, 1930, and despite the best efforts of the Ballston Lake Fire Department the building was a total loss. Classes were subsequently moved into local churches and homes, the Odd Fellows Hall, and the Ballston Lake Country Club, where education continued for the next year while the building was rebuilt. [Read more…] about The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School Fire of 1930