The Lake George Area has an undeniable place in American history. From war to commerce, America would not be as it is without the accomplishments made in the region. Local museums, historic sites, and crucial forts spanning the region tell a chapter of the American story.

The Lake George Area was fundamental in the formation of today’s United States of America. It’s a battlefield where the seeds of American independence were planted, and it’s the location of America’s Original Vacation. Today, historic sites and museums are some of the top attractions in Lake George displaying the trials and triumphs of the people who built the Lake George Area. You can stroll the battlements of a French and Indian War-era fort, where you can watch a cannon blast off or the reenactment of the Battle of Fort William Henry. Attend Memorial Day and Fourth of July events to give thanks to those who have fought and died for the United States of America. You can view exhibits displaying the ingenuity of the region’s past population, or admire the brush strokes of world-renowned art geniuses such as Rembrandt and Picasso at The Hyde Collection. Without the people of the past, our country and the Lake George Area wouldn’t be the same.

First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Letterboxing Trail

The First Wilderness Heritage Corridor unites communities along the Upper Hudson River in celebrating their shared history along the earliest route into the Adirondack Mountains. Letterboxing is a fun treasure hunt activity, incorporating orienteering art, and puzzle solving.

Town of Chester Museum of Local History

Town of Chester Museum of Local History

Learn about Chestertown at the Museum of Local History! The Town of Chester Museum of Local History celebrates the rich past of the Chester and Pottersville regions of the Lake George Area. Guests to the museum will discover photographs, antiques, and artifacts. The museum is operated by the Historical Society of the Town of Chester.

First Wilderness

First Wilderness Heritage Corridor

Explore the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor by rail, river or road. The communities along this river and rail corridor are abundant with historical, recreational and cultural activities.

Chapman Historical Museum

Chapman Museum

Discover the Glens Falls-Queensbury connection to the Adirondacks!

Gailey Hill Schoolhouse Museum

Gailey Hill Schoolhouse Museum

Learn about Lake Luzerne's past at the Gailey Hill Schoolhouse Museum! The Gaily Hill School House Museum is a former one-room schoolhouse from the early days of Lake Luzerne. Artifacts in the museum include antique desks, furniture, historic photos, and the school bell. The schoolhouse served grades one through six from 1865-1937 and was never electrified. It has been restored and moved to the present site on Main Street.

Hague Historical Museum

The Clifton F West Memorial Room maintained by the Hague Historical Society features the history of Hague, the once booming town of Graphite and the mining operation. Gallery and museum featuring local Adirondack artists. A Path Through History attraction.

Fort William Henry Museum

Fort William Henry Museum

History comes alive at Fort William Henry! Join us to experience the history, the sights and sounds of the fort during the French and Indian War. Located at the strategic south end of Lake George, an important part of the water transportation system used by both Native Americans and the Europeans.

Hyde Museum

Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic House

Discover nearly six thousand years of art at the Hyde Collection! The Hyde Collection offers a world-class group of works that span almost six thousand years of art history from antiquity to the present.

Cooper's Cave Overlook

Cooper's Cave is the site of the fictional hiding place of Hawkeye and his companions made famous in the James Fenimore Cooper novel The Last of the Mohicans.

Lake George History Tours

Lake George is history ~ Father Isaac Jogues, a Jesuit priest from France, was the first European to see the lake which he named Lac du Saint Sacrement. The lake, renamed by the British after their ruler, King George, is steeped in colonial history - the Battle of Lake George took place on September 8, 1755 during the French and Indian War.

Path Through History

Path Through History is a resource covering eleven regions of the state.

Glens Falls Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour

A self-guided walking tour between the Chapman Historical Museum and The Hyde Collection following a variety of routes, 26 buildings of architectural and historical interest highlighted. Free maps available at City Hall Clerk, City Historian's office Monday thru Friday, excludes holidays, and the museums listed above.