Important Places, The Second Hundred Years
Cottage Hill was the site of one of the first housing developments in Queensbury following World War II. Veterans returning from service were starting families and the need for housing was great. National Homes development featured small houses on 100 x 100 foot lot built on a slab and constructed in three days. Each came with a stove, refrigerator, three bedrooms, a utility room and bath. The house sold for $8000 with a 4% mortgage and a payment of $67 per month. In 1950 the Cottage Hill development produced 10 homes in a year and a half on the pine plains of Queensbury. Families had good housing close to schools and shops. While people thought that Cottage H ill would not last over the years, today most of the early homes are still there.
Charles R Wood parlayed his business know-how into tourist and amusement centers in Warren County. In so doing he became the Father of the American Theme Park. Born in Lockport, NY in 1914 he became an entrepreneur at age 13 buying a stately home for his parents and converting the carriage house into a rental property at the same time restoring his own Model T. In 1954 , Wood purchased 5 acres of swampland on the east side of Route 9 for $75,000. Here Storytown USA was built and opened a year before Disneyworld. Art Monaco of Upper jay designed many of the houses and attractions on the site. Later Jungleland, International Village, and Ghost Town were added. Gradually taking on a family atmosphere the facility was rechristened The Great Escape in 1982. In 1989, The Great Escape was sold for $36 million to International Broadcasting Corporation. The company later filed for bankruptcy and Wood repurchased the facility and sold it again in 1996 to Six Flags, the current owner.
Girl Scouts is one of the camp properties owned and operated by Girls Scouts of Northeastern New York. The 17 acre site located on Meadowbrook Road in Queensbury was opened in --------. The camp offers summer day camp experiences for a wide range of scouts and girls. Activities include-----------. (will send info from the Scout council as soon as I have it)
SUNY Adirondack- was formed in 1961 as a community college serving Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga counties. Originally called Adirondack Community College it took on its present name in 2010. The college serves nearly 3500 undergraduate students with a staff of 250. In 1983, the Adirondack Community College Foundation was formed to provide student scholarships. Two year associate degrees are granted along with four year degrees and master degrees through SUNY Plattsburgh. The Bay Road campus had 141 acres with Warren, Eisenhart, Washington, and Dearlove Halls, along with the Student Center,the Scoville Building , and the Science and Humanities Building. The J. Buckley Bryan, Jr. Regional Higher Education Center houses extension centers for SUNY Plattsburgh, Empire State College and Paul Smith’s College. There is an active student life along with athletics. Dr. Ronald C. Heacock currently serves as President.
Aviation Mall/Million Dollar Mall
The shopping mall became the modern adaptation of the historic marketplace. A collection of independent retail stores, service, and a parking area designed, developed and maintained by a separate management firm marked the shopping innovations that sprung up in the post war era in Queensbury. Aviation Mall was planned on a 72 acre plot owned by Mrs.CV Peters. Just off Aviation Road it offered 35 stores with an added 5 acres for a motel, restaurant and family residences. Parking for 130 automobiles was also included in the plan. The Plaza eventually became the property of the Pyramid Corporation of Syracuse, NY. which today leases a variety of stores. Today there are several other malls in Queensbury including Queensbury Plaza and Queensbury Northway Plaza.
In 2008, the Million Dollar Mile on both sides of Route 9 north of the Warren County Municipal Center offers a host of big name merchandise at discount prices in outlet stores. Because of its location in the northern part of the town and its easy access to the Northway, this complex caters to tourists year round.
Hovey Pond Park
This 12 acre town park is ideal for nature study and recreation. The Robert L. Eddy Botanical Gardens maintained by the Friends of Hovey Pond, an interpretive nature trail, a picnic area and children’s play area , an historic interpretive kiosk and a Veteran’s Memorial offer mark a central public park for citizens and visitors to enjoy. Originally called the Brick Pond, the park was the site of Queensbury’s earlier industries: grist mill, ice harvesting, and the manufacture of bricks.
Warren County Memorial Airport
The Warren County Memorial Airport was opened in 1942. A federally funded airport it replaced the original airport located at the site of the Queensbury school campus. The 5000 acre site has an instrument landing system and two asphalt runways which accommodate modern aircraft.