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.

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.

Gailey Schoolhouse Museum

One-room schoolhouse from early days of Lake Luzerne. Antique desks, furniture, school bell. The schoolhouse is open July and August Thursday-Sunday only.

House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

Foolish mortals beware! In the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum there are many "monsters." The creatures roaming the halls of this house are not living...yet they are not dead. For as you shall see, they move and talk and sometimes they even SCREAM! Youth under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dean Homestead Museum

Museum of local and Dean family history, artifacts, photos.

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.

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.

Stony Creek District 4 Schoolhouse Museum

History of school life and industry in historic home in Stony Creek, photos, maps.

The Sembrich

This is the lakeside summer home, Bay View, and teaching studio of Metropolitan Opera Diva Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935). Mme. Sembrich was a pianist, violinist, vocal teacher and Polish patriot.

Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library

The Folklife Center is an award-winning program presenting the cultural traditions of the upper Hudson valley and southern Adirondacks of upstate New York through research and documentation, gallery, special collections, public programs, and educational services. A Path Through History attraction.

An Architectural Heritage Tour of Warrensburgh 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 Warrensburgh Beautification, 518-466-5497; Discover Warrensburg, 3754 Main Street, 518-232-7349 and the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, 3839 Main Street, 518-623-2161.

Hall of Heroes Military History Museum at the Patriot of Lake George

Dedicated to the memory and sacrifices of our nation's heroes. Representation from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, recruiting posters, battlefield relics.

Frances G Kinnear Museum of Local History

An 1880's Victorian home, displays features the Wayside Inn Hotel register signed by Ulysses S. Grant and Sarah Bernhart, celebrated Adirondack guide Ira Gray. The Adirondack Room, history in and around Lake Luzerne, local commerce, logging industry, early farming, tourism.