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.

Pagenstecher Pulp Mill Museum

Discover the history of this paper mill in the heart of Lake Luzerne! The Pagenstecher Pulp Mill Museum celebrates the first pulp mill in the country to use all American equipment. It tells the story of Albrecht Pagenstecher and his two brothers, who came to Lake Luzerne from Germany to open a mill. The museum includes of industrial machinery and photos.

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.

Submerged Heritage Preserves

Dive to the depths of history! Submerged Heritage Preserves are three shipwreck sites in Lake George managed by NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. Divers can find the "Sunken Fleet of 1758," "The Forward," and the "Land Tortoise." Look through the round navigation buoy to begin your adventure. Please take nothing but photographs from these sites.

Lakes to Locks Passage ~ New York's Great Northeast Journey, the Lake George Region

An All-American Road - New York's Great Northeast Journey is North America's first interconnected waterway - joining the historic waters of the Hudson River, Lake George, the Champlain Canal, and Lake Champlain and shaping the destiny of the United States and Canada.

First Wilderness Heritage Corridor

Explore communities along the Hudson River, upstream from Glens Falls and west of Lake George which have joined together to celebrate their shared history along the earliest route into the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. From the Great Falls of the Hudson, upriver to the dramatic Hudson River Gorge, the stream tumbles over falls and rapids, past dramatic cliffs of magnificent marble, then slows to flow easily through ice meadows.

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.

Lake George Battlefield Park

American history on the shores of Lake George. This 35-acre park maintains important open space at the southern end of Lake George and preserves major French & Indian War and Revolutionary War battle sites. Battles between the Algonquin and Iroquois tribes and between England and American colonists were fought on this land.

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.

Path Through History

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

Mohican Trail Historical Driving Tour

Self-guided military history tour. The Heart of the Hudson-Champlain Corridor, Essex, Warren, Washington, and Saratoga Counties. Includes 17th-19th century archeological, military sites, museums, monuments, cemeteries, historical markers, forts and houses in the heart of the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars area.

Dean Homestead Museum

Learn about the Dean family and Stony Creek at the Dean Homestead Museum! The Dean Homestead Museum celebrate the Dean family and local Stony Creek history. Guests to the museum will find artifacts and photos.