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

Hawkwood Mansion

The Early Years

 
 
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By Steve Stoessel, May 18, 2019
1. Hawkwood Mansion Marker
Inscription.  
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 the
Hawkwood Mansion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Stoessel, May 18, 2019
2. Hawkwood Mansion Marker
Guy Baker family who lived here. And before that. temperance leaders would probably have come to the Delavan home in the country to discuss their political motives.
 
Erected 2018 by Town of Ballston BH-BL Rotary Club.
 
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. 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.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
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By Steve Stoessel, May 18, 2019
3. Hawkwood Mansion Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. 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.
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