In 1950, the Saratogian reported “THE first sale of the property that seems to be recorded in Ballston is that of Sam Esmond and his wife, Amandy to Albert Crook of New York City, June 6, 1862.
It is believed that Mr. Crook was a man of wealth of the metropolis who had the strong conviction that the mineral springs could be developed into a prosperous business and that there would be a large village instead of a few houses. He bought other parcels of land an built a very nice building near the springs for bottling the water. However the water was not successfully bottled either in its natural yield or with gas added and Mr. Crook was much poorer for his experiences with the mineral springs. He probably moved to Quaker Springs, for, when in 1867 he deeded a parcel of land to the late Albert Crook Meader, his namesake, his residence was given as Quaker Springs. But other deeds gave his residence as Milton, New York.”
Today, the Mineral Springs at Quaker Springs are maintained by the Town of Saratoga. The Springs are open for visits and inspection. The Springs are located on Quaker Springs road just off NYS 32.
Saratoga has been defined by the natural forces that shape the land and influence ecosystems. Our community is defined by glacial features include drumlins, rock drumlins, striations, and glacial lake features. A series of glacial lakes named for the location of the impoundment such as Glacial Lake Albany, Glacial Lake Quaker Springs, and Glacial Lake Coville formed in front of the retreating glacial ice edge in the Hudson River area. Associated with these lakes are clay, sand, beach, and shoreline features throughout our community. When the lake’s impoundment was breached, torrents of water flushed southward and lake bottom sediments including sand, silt and clay were available to prevailing winds.
In Saratoga, these deposits accumulated into dune fields. There are many sites like the Mineral Springs in Quaker Springs that help define this community and our region. By better understand the role of natural resources in our history, in our present environment and in our daily well-being, we as individuals and as a community will make better decisions for the future.
Building on past and on-going efforts to remedy environmental resources, communities like Saratoga are actively living our history and shaping our environment.