In 1762, Abraham Wing led a group of Quakers to the outskirts of the Adirondacks, where he had acquired land. This marked the beginning of the settlement that would later become Queensbury. The area quickly developed, with log cabins springing up around the mills that Wing had constructed at the falls on the Hudson River.
By the early 19th century, Queensbury comprised several small hamlets and the village of Glens Falls, which emerged as a bustling industrial and commercial center. Factories in the area produced a variety of goods, including lumber, lime, paper, shirts, and cement. The city boasted numerous stores, churches, theaters, and even a hospital.
While the surrounding township remained primarily agricultural, it also offered a range of recreational activities. Residents and visitors could enjoy golfing, swimming, fishing, boating, and skiing in the picturesque Adirondacks.
After World War II, Queensbury experienced a shift in commercial focus. Motels, tourist attractions, and shopping centers began to emerge along Route 9, the main route leading to Lake George and the Adirondacks. This development brought increased economic activity and transformed Queensbury into a vibrant hub for tourism and commerce.
Today, Queensbury continues to thrive as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and those seeking a blend of natural beauty and modern amenities. Explore the rich heritage and recreational opportunities that this dynamic town has to offer. #QueensburyHistory #Adirondacks #Tourism
Bob Bayle, Lillian Casola, Stan Malecki, and Gwen Palmer are all members of the Corners Project and avid researchers. They have culled vintage images from the extensive photographic collection and archives of the Chapman Historical Museum.