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The Potato Chip was invented in Saratoga in 1853 at Moon’s Lake House by George Crum.
Saratoga has over 18 mineral springs. The naturally occurring, cold water springs are rare in the Northeast.
Caffè Lena is the oldest continually operating coffee house in the country.
Over 2,000 horses are present in Saratoga during the peak of racing season
Portions of the movies Seabiscuit and The Horse Whisperer were filmed in Saratoga.
Saratoga County is bordered by the Hudson River to the east.
The Battle of Saratoga featured heroics from none other than Benedict Arnold.
Northern Saratoga County is located within the boundaries of the Adirondack Park.
The tallest mountain in Saratoga County is Hadley Mountain with an elevation of 2675 feet.
Saratoga Race Course is the oldest continually operating race track in the country.
The club sandwich was invented at the Saratoga Club (Canfield Casino) in Saratoga Springs in the 19th century.
Saratoga County has over 1100 homes on the National Register of Historic Places
Here's The Scoop On The History Of Saratoga
Battle of Saratoga
One of the most important battles in world history happened at Saratoga. During the Revolutionary War in 1777, American forces defeated the British at what is now known as Saratoga National Historical Park. This victory led France to recognize the independence of America and to become our ally in the war.
Queen of the Spas
Mineral springs are found bubbling up throughout the area due to geological forces of the past and present. Famous historical figures from all over the United States such as Daniel Webster, Martin Van Buren, Andrew Jackson and Franklin Pierce all came to Saratoga to enjoy the springs, giving it the nickname “Queen of the Spas”.
In 1863, Lizzie W became the first Thoroughbred race horse to cross the finish line at Saratoga Race Course. The greatest horses, jockeys and trainers have come to Saratoga for generations. Saratoga Race Course is one of the oldest in the country and is known as the “graveyard of champions” for its upsets. In fact, legendary Man O’ War suffered his only career defeat in 1919 at Saratoga…to a horse named Upset.
Lights, Camera, Action
Recent movies such as Seabiscuit, The Horse Whisperer and Billy Bathgate were filmed in Saratoga. Of course, Saratoga is also a hot spot for celebrity sightings, especially during the horse racing season.
Saratoga is home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center where you can see the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra during the summer. SPAC also hosts major rock and pop concerts throughout the year.