“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ballston in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Hawkwood Mansion

The Later Years

Hawkwood Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 18, 2019
1. Hawkwood Mansion Marker
Top Left
This is an undated picture from the collection of the Theuner family. They owned the property for a short time in the 1920's. Note the porch lanterns, probably fueled by acetylene. This was the first house in town to have working lights inside, probably in the early 1900's.

Middle Inset
As time wore on, the house deteriorated. The picture, below on the right, from the 1940's, is part of a collection called "Historic American Buildings Survey”, which is a group of select properties from throughout the country and chosen for inclusion by the Library of Congress

The house fell into disrepair by the 1940's, and burned down in the 1960’s. All we have left is what you see in front of you now.

Bottom Inset
In 2016, the Town of Ballston commissioned an archeological dig at this site to see what artifacts might remain from the mansion's history About 70 community volunteers participated in the 2 day dig. The project was supervised by an archeologist.

Found, were many nails that could go back as far as the 1790's, and many different types of pottery. Some of the pottery
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shards were dated between 1760 and 1790, the era in which the Town of Ballston was first settled and officially founded.

Right Inset
The map shows what we know of the outbuildings that at some time dotted this farmland in the Ballston community The windmill is no longer standing but would probably have helped pump water from the pond to the house for the indoor plumbing installed in the house in the early 1900's. The well and the cistern are visible on the side of the house where the kitchen was located. Both are still there and their structure can be seen by looking through the covers presently being used as protection. As you travel further along the path, the remains of the other outbuildings can be seen as well.
Erected 2018 by Town of Ballston and 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 Rotary International series list.
Location. 42° 56.31′ N, 73° 52.794′ W. Marker is in Ballston, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker can be reached from Middle Line Road. In Anchor Diamond Park. Marker can be reached via the white (entrance) trail. 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
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flies. A different marker also named Hawkwood Mansion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Anchor Diamond Park (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Hawkwood Mansion (approx. ¼ mile away); McDonalds Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Inn of William Bettys (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pioneer Farm (approx. one mile away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. one mile away); Stephen White (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 241 times since then and 25 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 7, 2023