Lake George History

The geography and history of Lake George is what makes it a special place.

Caldwell from Prospect Mountain by Seneca Ray Stoddard. Courtesy of the Chapman Museum.

The arrival of Europeans in the 17th century turning the Lake George region into a dangerous place. French explorers and missionaries, Dutch traders as well as soldiers and settlers disturbed the balance of life among the Indians, who had shared the valley as a pathway for travel and a seasonal hunting ground. France and Britain both wanted to own the country and they were prepared to fight each other for it. After the armies dispersed, settlers who expected to make their living at farming found their livelihood at risk.

Lake George Destinations
Lake George Region Gateway Visitors Center

Lake George Historical Association

Lake George Battlefield Park



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