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Glens Falls is a City Rich in History!

Glens Falls HistoryGlens Falls NY was the site of many French-Indian and Revolutionary War Battles because of its halfway point between between Fort Edward in Fort Edward NY and Fort William Henry in Lake George NY. Orignally called "Chepontuc", a Mohawk word meaning 'hard place to get around', Glens Falls NY had a waterfall that blocked the Hudson River. In 1763 Abraham Wing formed a settlement called "Wing's Falls" but later lost the name of the town to Colonel Johannes Glen to settle a debt. Glen changed the name to Glen's Falls, but it was later changed to later changed to Glens Falls.

In 1780, Glens Falls was destroyed in the "Great Burning" of 1780 when a Britsh punitive expedition passed through the area. Glens Falls NY was rebuilt and came back stronger than ever!

Glens Falls was incorporated as a city in 1908 separating it it from the Town of Queensbury. Glens Falls celebrated it centennial in 2008 with many special events in Downtown Glens Falls. Glens Falls prides itself on being named "Hometown USA" according to Look Magazine as a result of it's small town feel with big city amenities.

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Regional Events

  • 2014 Saratoga DBA Fall Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY
    This unique Halloween Celebration encourages families to have fun together, enjoying the hospitality of Saratoga Springs’ businesses and the great spirit of the community.
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  • Boo 2 You! Trick or Treat in Glens Falls, NY
    Glens Falls welcomes all the little ghosts, goblins, witches, and princesses for a Halloween block party complete with entertainment, family friendly activities, a costume parade, and more!
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  • ARCC Centennial Gala
    The Gala of the Century - kicking off the next 100 years in our own unique style! Join us for an evening filled with opportunities to mix, mingle and enjoy yourself the way you choose to celebrate. This unique event features four genres of musical entertainment from some of the area's most gifted and talented , a quiet corner where you can spend the evening your way, numerous choices of the finest food and artisanal beverages the area has to offer (samplings and specialty drinks galore along with a full cash bar), the chance to win a full year's worth of "Live Like You Are On Vacation" raffle prizes and a Wine Pull. There is no reserved seating, however, ample seating of your choice will be available. This will be a night to remember that everyone will be talking about for the next 100 years - don't miss it! **Black Tie Optional Special room rates at the Sagamore starting at $100 per night. Please click here for more information. Centennial weekend celebration schedule of available activities: Friday: Welcome reception the Rec Center from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm offering complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Saturday: Golf Tournament (Weather permitting) - 10:00 am modified shotgun. ?$100.00 for a team of two. Includes : golf, cart, range sleeve logo balls. *Best ball tournament with 2 man teams History Tour 10:00 am, complimentary Kitchen Tour, 12:00 noon - complimentary Culinary Demo and Wine Tasting -1:30 pm, complimentary Morgan Sightseeing Cruise (Weather permitting) - 2:30 pm, complimentary *Spa and Salon packages will be available all day on Saturday, please make sure to make a reservation - Massage discounts and packages including mani & pedis and shampoo and style Gala doors open 6:00 pm **Black Tie Optional
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  • WWAARC Annual Fall Gala: Jerseys, Jeans & Jewels
    Celebrate the season at this gala to benefit the WWAARC. Don your finest and rub elbows at the luxurious and pristine Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, NY. This "Jerseys, Jeans & Jewels" gala will have sports stars, live entertainment, auctions, and chocolate & wine tastings.
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  • Chapman Historical Museum Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting
    Wines of all varieties from around the world, locally made decadent chocolates and artisan cheeses. Live entertainment by George Wilson, a Silent Auction of Wine-Themed Gift Baskets!
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