“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Ballston Spa in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Anchor Diamond Park

at Hawkwood

Anchor Diamond Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, October 6, 2019
1. Anchor Diamond Park Marker
We invite you to enjoy Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood, a 246-acre, forever-wild preserve held in partnership between Saratoga PLAN and the Town of Ballston. A generous gift from the will of Mr. Frank Schidzick to the Town of Ballston made possible the purchase of this property in 2015. The Town of Ballston owns and manages the preserve, and a conservation easement held by Saratoga PLAN ensures that the community will have access to enjoy natural woodlands, streams, wetlands and wildlife for generations to come.

The Land:
The land upon which you are standing was once owned by a man named Mitchell. We know nothing of him but he was one of the early settlers of this area.

In the 1790's, Henry Walton purchased the land and built the mansion that once stood about 1/4 mile along the path into Anchor Diamond Park. Walton, a rich man for his time, bucked the trend of the rich and famous who were building their homes in Saratoga and instead built his home here. The remains of his house are in the park.

Other people enhanced the house over time. It was at its height in the
Anchor Diamond Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, October 6, 2019
2. Anchor Diamond Park Marker
early 1900's, as shown in the picture. It fell into disrepair by the 1940's and burned down in the 1960's.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Frank Schidzick who, in his will, gave the Town of Ballston money to purchase this 246 acre plot of land and to John Taylor who sold this land to the town in 2015. They have made possible Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood.

The People:
Henry Walton, who studied law with Aaron Burr, built the mansion in the 1790's. Its receiving hall was 20 by 30, big enough for balls and concerts and the house had fireplaces in every room, 11 total. The walls were lined with brick for protection against stray bullets and arrows. Up to 15 servants were needed to maintain the house.

The Delevan family owned the house from 1824-1870. This wealthy family from Albany was active in the Temperance Movement and owned a hotel in downtown Albany. A few years after the hotel burned down in 1894, Union Station was built on that site.

The Baker family inhabited the house from 1891-1917. The marriage of Guy Baker to Countess Louise Irene Palma DiCesnola on December 28, 1904 was reported in the New York Herald newspaper. That wedding as well as many visits and social events which involved the couple were published in other newspapers and on many dates in later years. Her father, who was of Italian heritage, was
Anchor Diamond Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel
3. Anchor Diamond Park Marker
a Civil War veteran and a recipient of The Medal of Honor. After the war, he became US Consul to Cyprus and, for 25 years, was the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1873, the museum was even expanded to accommodate his extensive collection of antiques.

Other families, including Turnbull, Wagoner, and Thuener owned the property. Many farmed the acres on the property as shown in the 1939 Thuener family picture. Finally the Taylor family sold the property to the Town of Ballston in 2015.

The Name:
The Anchor Glass Company was the name of the company that Frank and Wanda Schidzick owned for many years on Diamond Road near Round Lake in Ballston. Frank's will, which made available money with which to buy a passive park, stipulated that the park be named for his company and its location. Thus the name, Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood.
Erected 2019 by Town of Ballston.
Location. 42° 56.363′ N, 73° 52.506′ W. Marker is near Ballston Spa, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Middle Line Road (County Route 59) and Saratoga Road (New York State Route 50), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ballston Spa NY 12020, 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
Dedication Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel
4. Dedication Marker
In Memoriam
The Town of Ballston hereby dedicates
Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood
In honor of
Wanda & Frank W. Schidzick, Jr.
In grateful appreciation for their generosity
and forward vision for the creation
of this public park.
October 2016
flies. Hawkwood Mansion (a few steps from this marker); McDonalds Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Hawkwood Mansion (approx. mile 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); Ballston Church (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ballston Spa.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 54 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 7, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.
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