Museums and Historical Sites
The 250th Anniversary of the French & Indian War: 2004-2011 The Hudson and Champlain Quadricentennials: 2009 "The Battle of Lake George" (1755) by Frederick Coffay Yohn. Part of the Glens Falls Insurance Company collection. Courtesy of the Chapman Historical Museum, Glens Falls.
History and nature weave an intricate tapestry that serves as a backdrop for life in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Our region is a rich storehouse of the facts and legends that played key roles in the founding of this country. From the time of Samuel de Champlain's battle with the Mohawks in 1609, to the naval engagements on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812, this area was North America.
An array of museums such as The Hyde Collection art museum and Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls, the Fort William Henry Museum in Lake George, Rogers Island Visitors Center in Fort Edward and the Slate Valley Museum in Granville serve to remind us of the 400 years of history in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.
The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake fosters an appreciation of the Adirondack Park, its resources and heritage.
The Hyde Collection offers a fascinating world of art and the rich heritage of the Adirondack Region. Visit the home of Louis and Charlotte Hyde, a prominent turn-of-the-century Adirondack industrial family, and enjoy their important collection of European and American art. An extraordinary variety of works by such masters as Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Whistler, Eakins and Homer, to name but a few, cover the walls of Hyde House, a stately Florentine villa. Uniquely, The Hyde Collection combines the intimacy of a historic house with the sophistication of a larger art museum complex. Three additional gallery spaces present a changing exhibition schedule of world-class exhibitions along with The Museum Shop. Admission is free. Call 518-792-1761 or click on the web link above for more information and museum hours.
Many local communities such as Cambridge have portions of their villages designated as historic landmarks, and historically significant buildings and sites abound in the North Country.