Lake George History Guide
The Queen of American Lakes is a true gem and a vacationer's dream in Upstate New York, but how much do you know about the history of this picturesque destination? Browse through the features below to learn about battles that took place in the region, historic sites you can visit today, and other tidbits about Lake George's transformation from the past to the present!
Because of Lake George's crucial location in the Lake Champlain Region, it was desired by both sides in the French and Indian War.
In 1755, the British constructed Fort William Henry
, but just two years later, they were forced to surrender the fort to the French.
The Comet - the main attraction at Six Flags Great Escape - began its life in 1927 as Crystal Beach Amusement Park's "Cyclone."
Located on the east side of Lake George, Bolton Landing has a unique history dating back to 1799.
Renowned modernist artist Georgia O'Keeffe
spent many summers painting at her Lake George studio.
Envisioned by New York City native Edward M. Shepard as a public park, Lake George Village's Shepard Park
became a reality in the early 1900s.
The Lake George Steamboat Company's paddlewheeler "Minne-Ha-Ha" was built on the lake in 1968 and is still as popular as ever!
Embark on a self-guided walking tour
to learn all about Lake George's rich history. Check out statues, memorials, and more.