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Warren County Bicentennial

Floyd Bennett speaking at Shepard Park

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Basket Thread Lamp Captain's Hat Plate Sign Pins Fiddle Terra Cotta Guidebook Monster Calendars Arrowheads Skis Hammer Gavel Cannon Ball Soldier's Hat Beanie Skates Map Milk Bottle Powder Horn

Pack Basket

Made in South Schroon by Nelson J. Warren. Late in his life Nelson made his living by making all types of baskets and hanging wall paper. This basket, made in the early 1900s, was normally used to carry ice fishing supplies. The basket was handed down to Wayne Wright, great grandson of Nelson J. Warren.

Spools of Thread

Represents the textile industry in Warrensburg and Glens Falls. These spools are from the Chapman Historical Museum collection.

Carriage Lamp

From a Joubert and White buckboard made in Glens Falls. The Joubert and White offices were on Glen Street. This lamp is from the Dean Merrill collection.

Steamboat Captain’s Hat

Represents the importance of the steamboat to Lake George. Steam boats in Warren County date back to the 1800s and are an integral part of Warren County history. This hat is the property of William P. Gates, a Lake George Steamboat Company captain and local author of historical books.

Warren County Bicycle Plate

Reminds us that the bicycle was an important mode of transportation. License plates became popular during the height of the bicycle craze in America. This began with the invention of the safety bicycle in 1878 and ran through the 1920s when the wide spread use of automobiles took the place of bicycles as a reliable form of transportation. This bicycle license plate is from the Chapman Historical Museum collection.

Hotel Rockwell Sign

Represents the hotels that serve the tourist industry in the county. The Rockwell family had hotels in Lake Luzerne and Glens Falls. While nothing exists from the Glens Falls hotel, a small building that was originally a cottage connected to the hotel, the Rockwell Harmon Cottage, has been restored and serves as a visitors’ center for Lake Luzerne. The sign is from the Chapman Historical Museum collection.

Adirondack Balloon Festival Pins

Represents one of the many attractions that bring visitors into the county. Since 1973 the Adirondack Balloon Festival has been a part of the Fall lineup of fun activities in Warren County. In the early years the festival was held at Adirondack Community College. When the event grew and the college property became too small to accommodate it, the festival was moved to the Floyd Bennett Warren County Airport where it has remained each year since. What was started as a way to bring tourists to the County during the shoulder season has become a favorite of tourist and locals alike. The festival was the creation of Walter and Joan Grishkot and directed by Walter until his death in 2011.


Reminds us of the importance music has had in the county. Thurman has a fiddler’s festival each year. Also, fiddles were widely used in Warren County for dances and family entertainment. This instrument was owned and lovingly played by Walter Bardin. The Bardin family is widely known in Queensbury and Kingsbury. Walter Bardin was Wayne Wright’s Grandfather and the fiddle is part of his collection.

Terra Cotta

Represents an old, very important industry in the county, located in Queensbury and Glens Falls. Many fine examples of local terra cotta building blocks and decorations are still in existence. These examples are from the Glens Falls City Historian’s collection.

Seneca Ray Stoddard Lake George Lake Champlain Guidebooks

Remind us of a very important historical figure in the county. Seneca Ray Stoddard was born in 1844 in Wilton and died in Glens Falls in 1917. He is buried in Pineview Cemetery. His home and studio were on Elm Street in Glens Falls. His photographs are an excellent record of what life was like in his lifetime. Stoddard’s guidebooks and photographs are still widely known today. These examples are from Wayne Wright’s collection.

Lake George Monster

Reminds us of the importance of the north end of the lake. In 1904 Artist Harry Watrous created “George” the monster as part of a rivalry with Col. William Mann. He had so much fun scaring Mann that he repeatedly showed his monster that summer in the waters off Hague, creating a great deal of press for the area. Eventually the monster became the property of Kay Bailey who took it to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Walter and Joan Grishkot brought it back to Warren County in 1966. For many years it was on display at the Lake George Historical Museum in the Village of Lake George. In 2001 ‘George’ was taken back to Hague where it has been on display at the Hague Historical Museum ever since. The original Lake George Monster is the property of the Hague Historical Museum.

Glens Falls Insurance Company Calendars

Highlight an important service industry in the county. The Glens Falls Insurance Company was founded in 1849 and was in existence until it merged with Continental Insurance in 1973. It was very popular for insurance companies to give out calendars to their customers. Many of the calendars have been very colorful. These examples are from the Chapman Historical Museum collection.

Arrowheads and Native American Tools

Represent the natives people who traveled what is now Warren County for hundreds of years before the Europeans arrived and the formation of Warren County in 1813. These examples are from Wayne Wright’s collection.


Remind us of recreation and the importance skiing has had in the county. Skiing has been and continues to be very popular around Warren County since the late 1800’s. These examples are the property of Herb Levin, Director of Weights and Measures for Warren County.

Lumberman’s Marking Hammer

Reminds us of the importance the lumber industry has had on the county. Hammers like these were used by the lumberman to mark the ends of each log with the mark of the owner before it was sent down the Hudson River. When logs arrived at the Big Boom, located just north of Glens Falls, the registered lumberman’s marks were used to sort the logs by owner so they could be sent to the proper mill. This example is from the Dean Merrill collection.


Represents the county government. This is the official gavel of the Warren County Board of Supervisors. The gavel is the property of Warren County.

Cannon balls

Represent the history of conflicts that took place around the county. Warren County provided the stage for many important conflicts during the War of 1812 and the Revolutionary War. These pieces are from the collection of the Chapman Historical Museum collection.

Civil War Soldier’s Hat

Reminds us that men from Warren County played an important part in the Civil War. This cap is the property of the Chapman Historical Museum, and is from the Chapman Historical Museum collection.

Adirondack Community College Beanie

Represents the importance that education has had in the lives of the citizens of the county. From one room schools to larger districts, education has always been important. Adirondack Community College, now SUNY Adirondack, has played an important role in the county for more than 50 years. This beanie is the property of Pamela Vogel, Warren County Clerk.

Ice Skates

Represent another winter recreational activity that has been a very popular winter sport all over Warren County. This pair of skates is the property of the Chapman Historical Museum collection.

Fort William Henry Map

It is a map of Fort William Henry and Camp at Lake George. From the Geography Map Division of the Library of Congress #71-609. Copied from the Warren County Records Storage Center and Archives.

Milk Bottle

A milk bottle from DeLong Dairy of Glens Falls, circa 1950. From the Chapman Historical Museum collection.

Powder Horn

A powder horn from 1758, the French and Indian War period. From the Chapman Historical Museum collection.