Village of Ballston Spa
Village of Ballston Spa
Village Office
(518) 885~5711

In some respects given its rich history, the whole Village of Ballston Spa is a museum. That does not mean it faces the past - just the opposite. You need only stroll downtown along Front and Milton Streets to see that ours is a vibrant and optimistic, forward-looking community. But we do have two museums, and these are important. Brookside Museum, current home to the Saratoga County historical society, is housed in the original building that Benajah Douglas built in 1792, which then became the Aldridge House, which today is the Brookside. The National Bottle Museum on the other hand, may be housed in "newer" quarters, but its mission is to preserve the history of our nation’s first major industry, bottle making. Its exhibits often change as the museum takes advantage of its access to collections all over the United States. That makes it worth visiting - repeatedly.

Brookside Museum

The Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society
Where:
6 Charlton Street
When:
Tue - Fri : 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tel:
518-885-4000

VISION

The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum inspires community memory and tells the story of Saratoga County. SCHS is vital to the growth of our community because it unifies and strengthens communal bonds, fosters exploration and discovery about shared heritage, exercises imaginations, and provides inspiration for societal growth. SCHS promotes a deeper understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of Saratoga County’s past for an audience of diverse backgrounds and levels of interest through interactive education programs, innovative exhibits, ambitious web programming, personal experiences, and enduring relationships.

MISSION

The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum leads Saratoga County in the preservation of local history and in educating our community’s broader audience, making the rich history and community memory both relevant and accessible.

COMMITMENT

We are committed to conducting ourselves in all that we do according to the highest professional and ethical standards. We strive to create educational opportunities for visitors while accommodating a wide range of experiences and learning styles. We are dedicated to managing our finances and resources prudently and to valuing and developing our staff and volunteers.

National Bottle Museum

The National Bottle Museum
Where:
76 Milton Avenue
Tel:
518-885-7589

The National Bottle Museum’s mission is to preserve the history of our nation’s first major industry, bottle making. Well-planned museum exhibits allow visitors to view a myriad of beautiful and colorful glass bottles, and Museum docents are available to provide guided tours of the exhibits. The Museum is an international resource for information about bottle-making, and includes a research library, as well as free information on identifying, collecting and preserving antique bottles. Exhibits frequently change as the Museum takes advantage of its access to collections all over the United States and borrowed objects from members’ collections. The Museum also sponsors an antique bottle show and sale every June, which draws visitors and antique dealers from across the United States and Canada.

The Museum Glassworks offers classes in lampworking, a process of working with glass rods and tubing to create smaller objects from hot glass. A full-sized glass furnace has recently been installed so that students and visitors are now able to experience for themselves techniques employed by glassblowers of the past, and still employed by the glass artists of today.

Anyone interested in becoming a Museum member may contact the Museum for rates and additional information. Members regularly receive a newsletter, well-researched articles on antique and collectible bottles and their history, and a calendar of upcoming bottle shows in the US, Canada, and England.

 

Daily Calendar

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Upcoming Events

28 May 2019;
07:00PM -
Village Board Meeting
29 May 2019;
07:00PM -
Zoning Board Meeting
10 Jun 2019;
07:00PM -
Village Board Meeting

Calendar at a Glance 2019

2019 Main & Ongoing

First Fridays of each month: Evening activities throughout downtown

  • Movies in the Park 2019:
    First Fridays of June, July, Aug in Wiswall Park
  • 2019 Village Pool Lessons Registration Weekend: TBA
  • Swim Lessons Session:
  • TBA
Farmers Market: June 15 - Sept. 28, 2019:
  • Wiswall Park, Thursdays 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. – noon
  • Concerts in the Park
  • Wiswall Park, Thursdays 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 

June
  • Annual Sar County Bottle Show & Sale, June 2, County Fairgrounds
  • Village Wide Garage Sale, June 8 - 9 throughout Village
  • Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival, June 21 - 23, County Fairgrounds

 July

  • Saratoga County Fair, July 23 - 28, 2019

 August 

  • Ice Cream Social, Wiswall Park, August 1, featuring Union Fire Co. Band

 September

  • Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival,, Saratoga County Fairgrounds TBA

 October

       * The Way We Were Car Show, Oct. 13 downtown. Raindate Oct. 20

 November

  • Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Union Fire Company, Thanksgiving Day November 21

 December

  • Victorian Christmas Parade & Family Festivities, December 6
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Emergency

Immediate Assistance: 911

Fire
911
Police
(518) 885-5033
Ambulance
(518) 885-1478
Animal Control
(518) 885-5033

Key Contacts

Village Office
(518) 885~5711
Central School
(518) 884~7195
Public Library
(518) 885~5022
Community Center
(518) 885~3261
Village Court
(518) 885~6393

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