The Great Saratoga Museum Treasure Hunt!

 By, Saratoga County History Center

Ballston Spa, NY – Grab your car keys, smart phones, and sense of adventure because Saratoga County is about to embark on a family-friendly treasure hunt from Lake Luzerne to Waterford!

During the weekend of September 25-26, 2021, the Saratoga County History Center is hosting a wide-ranging scavenger quest that includes a dozen of the county’s charming local museums and historical societies.  Participants will receive “passports” which list locations and unique historical items.  They will then hunt for each object and record its location in their passport, learning about local and regional history along the way.  The first three completed passports received by the History Center will win prizes.  Participants are also encouraged to post their sleuthing adventures on social media, tagging the History Center as appropriate.

The treasure hunt is a fabulous opportunity for families to get out of the house in lovely fall weather, explore the county, and learn about the living past.  Historians and volunteers at each location will be eagerly awaiting arrivals and ready to answer any questions.

Participating organizations, open noon to 5 p.m. on both days: Charlton Historical Society; Grooms Tavern; Corinth Museum; Day Museum; Chatfield Museum of Local History; Frances Kinnear Museum of Local History; Halfmoon Historical Society; Parks-Bentley Place; Brookside Museum; Waterford Historical Museum; Grant Cottage State Historic Site; and the Wilton Heritage Museum.

To participate in the scavenger hunt, please pick up a “passport” (at a cost of $5 – perfect for a family or a carload of people) at either Brookside Museum (6 Charlton St, Ballston Spa), Parks-Bentley Place (53 Ferry Blvd, South Glens Falls), the Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center (2 Museum Lane, Waterford), or the Kinnear Museum (52 Main Street, Lake Luzerne).  Any inquiries should be directed to Field Horne: or 518-885-4000.

The Saratoga County History Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the diverse histories of Saratoga County.  In addition to the venerable Brookside Museum, the History Center offers a variety of innovative, exciting, and educational programming online, including the popular “Experts Next Door” virtual speaker series.  Please visit the website ( and social media accounts (@SaratogaCoHistory) for news and announcements.