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

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

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.

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.

Chapman Historical Museum

Chapman Museum

Discover the Glens Falls-Queensbury connection to the Adirondacks!

Submerged Heritage Preserves

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.

Stony Creek District 4 Schoolhouse Museum

Stony Creek District 4 Schoolhouse Museum

Learn about the history of Stony Creek at the District 4 Schoolhouse Museum! The Stony Creek District 4 Schoolhouse Museum celebrates the history of school life and industry in a historic home in Stony Creek. This one room, two-story schoolhouse has photos, maps, and other artifacts celebrating the history of Stony Creek.

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.

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.

An Architectural Heritage Tour of Warrensburg New York

The historic district features 428 historic properties and is the largest district north of Saratoga. This is a self guided walking tour. A free booklet is available from Warrensburg Beautification, 518-466-5497; Discover Warrensburg, 3754 Main Street, 518-232-7349 and the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, 3839 Main Street, 518-623-2161.

North Creek Depot Museum

Historic train station where Vice President Roosevelt departed from the Adirondacks on September 14, 1901 to Buffalo where he was sworn in as the 26th President. History of alpine skiing, mining and historical train diorama. A Path Through History attraction. Local interest exhibits.

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.

Adirondack Folk School

Adirondack Folk School

No experience necessary, no skill required for admission to this one-of-a-kind institution of learning. Our instructors from around the country share their knowledge and craftsmanship, and inspire you with their enthusiasm. Our year-round classes range from half-day sessions to multi-week courses. We offer subjects as diverse as Adirondack chair building, twig and rustic furniture, caning, and birch bark basketry.