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Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation
Kicks Off 2020 Summer Season with Outdoor Walking Tours!

779 North Broadway

SARATOGA SPRINGS – During this time when many of us have found comfort in our homes, {{ Editors Note: OR we are bouncing off said homes’ walls and are ready to bust out – either way }} summer weather is encouraging us to venture outside and explore areas around us. The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is thrilled to present their summer series of historic walking tours while remaining safe and socially distanced. Summer Sunday Strolls will be offered every Sunday through September 6th at 10:30 AM in various neighborhoods throughout the city.

Join the Foundation for the first of twelve exciting walking tours of historic Saratoga Springs this Sunday, June 21st, at 10:30 AM for THE GOOD LIFE: NORTH BROADWAY led by the Foundation’s Executive Director, Samantha Bosshart.  Tour this famed corridor lined with grand Queen Annes built by Saratoga’s most prominent figures such as Lucy Skidmore Scribner, Fred Cluett, William B. Gage, and Senator Brackett.  The tour, sponsored by Impressions of Saratoga, meets at the northwest corner of North Broadway and Van Dam Street in front of Witt Construction.

655 North Broadway

Join Charlie Kuenzel, President of the Saratoga Springs History Museum, for HISTORIC CONGRESS PARK & CANFIELD CASINO at 10:30 AM on Sunday, June 28, 2020. This tour celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Canfield Casino while exploring the historic landscape architecture of Congress Park, the early springs, and other facets of Saratoga. The tour will meet at the front steps of Canfield Casino. Other tour topics this season highlight prominent women of Greenridge Cemetery, the celebrated area surrounding the Saratoga Race Course, and the historic Spa State Park, among many others.

All Sunday morning tours last approximately 90 minutes and require walking and standing on varied terrain. Due to current restrictions in New York State, Summer Strolls will be limited to twenty guests, which currently is less than the maximum of 25 that is currently allowed, and tickets must be purchased in advance until otherwise noted. Everyone will be required to wear a mask and social distancing will be encouraged when possible. The cost per tour is $15 for SSPF members and $20 for non-members.  Members who have received complimentary Stroll passes will have those honored for their value of $10 and will be required to pay the difference of $5.

In addition to the Summer Sunday Strolls, the Foundation will be offering bike tours of the Saratoga Spa State Park on Saturday, July 11th & August 22nd and Sunday, September 29th.  Bike tours last approximately three hours and space is limited. For additional information, to purchase tickets to any educational programs, and to review the Summer Sunday Stroll Safety Plan please visit www.saratogapreservation.org, call the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation at (518) 587-5030, or email Nicole Babie, Membership & Programs Director, at nbabie@saratogapreservation.org.

Upcoming programs:

SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2020
10:30 AM
THE GOOD LIFE: NORTH BROADWAY
Executive Director of SSPF, Samantha Bosshart, will lead a tour of the grand Queen Annes along this famed corridor.

Meet at: NW Corner of North Broadway & Van Dam Street (Witt Construction)

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2020
10:30 AM

HISTORIC CONGRESS PARK & CANFIELD CASINO

Join Charlie Kuenzel, President of the Saratoga Springs History Museum, for an entertaining and educational stroll featuring historic Congress Park and the Canfield Casino.

Meet at: Front Steps of Canfield Casino

SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2020
10:30 AM
WEALTH & WELLNESS: FRANKLIN SQUARE
Carrie Woerner, NYS Assemblywoman and former SSPF Executive Director, will lead a tour through the architecturally rich historic Franklin Square area.

Meet at: NW Corner of Division Street & Broadway

SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2020
10:30 AM
BROADWAY IN 1874
Gloria May will lead a tour of Broadway that focuses on the sights and sounds of Broadway in 1874. A year of sophistication and excitement, 1874 Saratoga Springs was home to four grand hotels and a bustling lifestyle. Walk back in time to discover what has changed and what has remained the same in the historic downtown. Meet at: NW Corner of Congress Street & Broadway (Vent Fitness)

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2020
10:30 AM

HISTORIC FIFTH & MADISON AVENUES
Learn about these grand residential streets lined with elegant Victorian and Craftsman houses with Debbie Studwell.

Meet at: NE Corner of Fifth & Nelson Avenues

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020

10:30 AM
THE GOOD LIFE: NORTH BROADWAY

Executive Director of SSPF, Samantha Bosshart, will lead a tour of the grand Queen Annes along this famed corridor.

Meet at: NW Corner of North Broadway & Van Dam Street (Witt Construction)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2020
10:30 AM

THOSE WHO LEFT THEIR MARK ON SARATOGA
Join leader Gloria May to hear about the people In Greenridge Cemetery whose stories tell about the buildings, monuments and markers we pass around town every day.  Who started Adirondack Trust? Why is it called the Ainsworth building? What is the civil war monument about?  How did Hathorn spring get it’s name?

Meet at: Sackett Gates entrance on Lincoln Avenue (Due to the distance covered during the tour it will take between 1.5 and 2 hours)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020
10:30 AM

WOMEN OF GREENRIDGE
Join leader Gloria May to learn about the women in Greenridge Cemetery. This tour includes the prominent and influential as well as the ordinary women whose life stories tell the history of Saratoga Springs.

Meet at: Sackett Gates entrance on Lincoln Avenue (Due to the distance covered during the tour it will take between 1.5 and 2 hours)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2020
10:30 AM

THE SPA COMPLEX
Join Linda Harvey-Opiteck on a tour of the Spa Complex which is the core of the Spa State Park, National Historic Landmark. Learn the history leading to its development which involved key local and national individuals while exploring the architecture and landscape.

Meet at: 108 Avenue of the Pines in front of Hall of Springs

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2020
10:30AM
POST TIME!
Georgia Horner explores the Saratoga Race Course area along Union Avenue featuring the Reading Rooms, National Museum of Racing, Oklahoma Track, and Fasig-Tipton Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion.

Meet at: SE Corner of Nelson & Union Avenues

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2020

10:30 AM

SARATOGA’S HISTORIC WEST SIDE
Join George DeMers in the restored historic West Side and learn about the Irish and Italian immigrants who helped shape its history.

Meet at: South Franklin Street (Gideon Putnam Cemetery Entrance)


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020

10:30 AM
QUEEN ANNES CIRCULAR STREET & UNION AVENUE
Debbie Studwell will tour the area formerly home to the Young Women’s Industrial Club of Saratoga, which would later become Skidmore College.

Meet at: SE Corner of Spring & Circular Streets

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