Ballston in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Early Years
The foundation at which you are now standing was probably built in the 1790's as the basis for a mansion owned by Henry Walton. We have no pictures of the original building but can assume it looked somewhat like this picture from the late 1800's. Walton decided to build his mansion here in Ballston rather than in Saratoga where other mansions were then being built.
The front steps to the house are still clearly visible here and one can imagine walking up the steps and then entering into the large receiving hall as an invited guest.
The bricks scattered about in the foundation are probably the remains of the many fireplaces that heated the house.
Notice the somewhat rounded section of windows to the right of the entry, and, by following the outline of the foundation there, you can see where the windows were located.
If you walked into the park from the parking lot, you travelled the path on which residents and guests came into the house for many years, the carriage path, as shown in the picture. At the height of the mansion's life, Teddy Roosevelt, at the time the Governor of New York, came to visit
Erected 2018 by Town of Ballston BH-BL Rotary Club.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt, and the Rotary International series lists.
Location. 42° 56.369′ N, 73° 52.499′ W. Marker is in Ballston, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker can be reached from Middle Line Road. On white (entrance) trail to Anchor Diamond Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ballston Lake NY 12019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Anchor Diamond Park (a few steps from this marker); McDonalds Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Hawkwood Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Hawkwood Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Inn of William Bettys (approx. 0.7 miles away); Stephen White (approx. 0.9 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. one mile away); Ballston Center (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ballston.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.