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SARATOGA COUNTY: DID YOU KNOW?

[fa icon="calendar"] 9/25/14 8:45 AM / by Malta Development

The Walt Disney World Railroad station in Main Street USA was modeled after the former Victorian railroad depot that once served downtown Saratoga Springs. A Disney World resort, Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, was inspired by Victorian-era Saratoga Springs. The 28th Victorian Streetwalk will take place in Saratoga Springs December 4, 2014, beginning with a holiday tree-lighting ceremony at 6 pm and a visit from Santa. It's all-free. Get more info here.

 

The town of Malta was originally called Maltaville (c. 1764) after a malt brewery at that location. Beer is still celebrated in this area with Saratoga Beer Week each February.

 

Native American George Crum (born George Speck) is said to be the inventor of the potato chip in 1853. He was a lifelong Malta resident and ran Crum’s Place, a restaurant near Saratoga Lake. He was also a trapper and guide in the Adirondacks. The innovative treats were known as Saratoga chips or potato crunches.

 

In 1894 the Club Sandwich was invented in the Canfield Casino. It is located in the 17-acre National Historic Landmark Congress Park. The casino now houses the Saratoga Springs History Museum.

 

At least 17 major films were shot in Saratoga County. Some of the best known: Saratoga, Lolita, The Way We Were, Ghost Story, The Horse Whisperer, and Seabiscuit.

 

The boundaries of the Town of Milton encompass approximately 22,000 acres and form a nearly perfect square.

 

Ballston Spa is home to the National Bottle Museum located on Milton Avenue. It has a collection of 2,000+ antique bottles and displays tools and techniques of early bottle making.

 

Abner Doubleday, mistakenly credited as the inventor of baseball, was born in Ballston Spa in 1819. Doubleday patented the cable car system that still operates in San Francisco, CA today. The true inventor of baseball added embellishments to a similar game dating back to the 18th century. His name was Alexander Joy Cartwright and in 1845 he codified new rules that included a diamond shaped infield and the three-strike rule.

 

The Town of Stillwater contains the Village of Stillwater and the hamlet of Stillwater Junction.

 

Two Revolutionary War battles jointly known as the Battles of Saratoga were fought 18 days apart in Stillwater in 1777, and are considered the turning point of the war. They are also known as the Battle of Freeman’s Farm and the Battle of Bemis Heights. The battlefield sites are located in the Saratoga National Historical Park on Route 32.

 

Adirondack Park is the largest park in the lower 48 states and covers 6.1 million acres. It has 31,000 miles of rivers and streams, 3,000 lakes and ponds, 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 100 mountains. There are 53 species of mammals living in the park. The boundary of the park is known as the Blue Line and encompasses parts of Saratoga County -- close enough for pleasant day trips.

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