Saratoga Springs History

The resources below will help you learn and exlore Saratoga Springs’ rich and fascinating history. Click on the title to visit a website.

Saratoga Springs Public Library

The Saratoga Room, located on the second floor, houses the main body of the Library’s local history collection. Books, pamphlets, clippings, and other written sources tell the story of Saratoga Springs’ colorful and unique history. For a reading list of books on Saratoga Springs, click here. 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY.

The Saratoga Springs History Museum

The museum’s six exhibits of Saratoga History are located on three floors of an historic 1870s gambling casino, designated a National Historic Landmark. The Museum is located in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Saratoga Springs City Historian

City Historian Mary Ann Fitzgerald is a font of local knowledge and presides over the City vault containing thousands of historical City records. Research hours are by appointment. (518) 587-2358
Visitors Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY E-mail: mafitz@saratoga-springs.org

Saratoga Springs Visitors Center

The Saratoga Springs Visitor Center has a wealth of information on local history, heritage, and attractions. It is located in a 1915 Beaux Arts style building at 297 Broadway, corner of Congress Street in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park, distinguished by its classical architecture and listed as a National Historic Landmark, is noted for its diverse cultural, aesthetic and recreational resources. In addition to the nationally known Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater, the National Museum of Dance, the Gideon Putnam Hotel and the Lincoln mineral baths, the park offers a multitude of traditional recreation opportunities.

Brookside Museum / The Saratoga County Historical Society

As home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, Brookside Museum cares for documents, photographs, and objects related to the history of Saratoga. 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa, NY

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

The museum interprets the history and conveys the excitement of Thoroughbred racing in America by providing public access to equine art, artifacts, memorabilia, film, video, books and historical archives. On Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs, New York, across from historic Saratoga Race Course, the oldest operating track in the country.

Saratoga National Historic Park

At the Saratoga Battlefield in 1777, American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory renewed patriots’ hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world.
Saratoga National Historic Park is located on Route 32 in Stillwater, NY

Grant Cottage State Historic Site

In this Adirondack Cottage Gen. Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885. He had arrived at the cottage from New York City on June 16, 1885, with his family, servants, and doctors; he was able to complete his memoirs in the short time he had left. Today, the cottage remains essentially the same as during the Grant family’s stay.
28 Mount McGregor Road, Gansevoort, NY

New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center

The museum and research center, located in an historic armory, preserves, interprets and disseminates the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans. 61 Lake Avenue,
Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Automobile Museum

For a different kind of preservation, the Saratoga Automobile Museum celebrates the automobile and educates the general public, students and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in New York State and in the wider world. 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY