The Town’s history includes an infamous traitor, an amusement park and beautiful mansions. Ballston’s unique location offers the best of both worlds-a friendly, small town, rural community within close proximity to the exciting tourist areas of Saratoga Springs and Albany.
Our community celebrates its farming and rural heritage by preserving open space and carefully managing growth. Today, the approximately 9,776 (2010 census) residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life offered by our highly regarded school systems, Veterans Bike Path, Fishing Pier on beautiful Ballston Lake, and recreational parks. Ballston’s community spirit is epitomized by our annual Flag Day Parade.
Ballston Lake, a narrow, 3.7-mile (6.0 km)-long lake with a maximum depth of 120 feet (37 m) in the south of the region, was called “Shanantaha” by natives. It was known to early white settlers as Long Lake. The lake was part of the Mohawk River during the glacial age and archeological digs have unearthed artifacts indicating settlement around the lake as early as 3,500 BCE.
For a long time the depth of Ballston Lake was not determined, due to the multiple caves that prevented divers from going to the bottom. There has been an artifact found that is dated 2000 B.C. It is also believed that a lake monster, Big Tim, lives within one of the hundreds of caves. Big Tim has been sighted by multiple people.
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