SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF) presented the summer lineup of its historic walking tours. They will be held each Sunday through September 3.
On Sunday, June 25, join Dave Patterson and Charlie Kuenzel, owners of Saratoga Tours LLC, for the Historic Congress Park Summer Stroll. This tour explores the landscape architecture of Congress Park, the early springs, and other facets of Saratoga.
The SSPF has added a walking tour of the Saratoga Spa State Park. Other tour topics this summer highlight the unusual crypts and mausoleums of Greenridge Cemetery, the celebrated Saratoga Race Course area, and the historic West Side, among many others.
The first featured tour on June 18 was The Good Life: North Broadway. The SSPF Executive Director Samantha Bosshart led a walk of the grand Queen Annes along the famed North Broadway corridor and shared stories about the colorful characters who lived there.
A full listing of the tours scheduled and meeting places is available on the website www.saratogapreservation.org. Readers can click on the “Summer Strolls” link.
According to SSPF Membership and Program Coordinator Nicole Babie, these educational programs would not be possible without the generosity of the 2017 Premiere Summer Series Sponsors: Druthers Brewing Company and Stewart’s Shops.
Additional support is provided by Single Stroll Sponsors: Bailey’s Saratoga, The Gideon Putnam/Roosevelt Baths and Spa, Harveys Restaurant and Bar, LaBrake Memorials, Longfellows Hotel and Restaurant, NBT Bank, The Olde Bryan Inn, Saratoga Tours LLC, and The Springwater Bed and Breakfast.
All Sunday walking tours start at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. The cost per tour is $5 for SSPF members and $8 for non-members. The tours require walking and standing and they cover varied terrain. Those who buy a ticket for four tours receive the fifth tour free. Reservations are encouraged, but not necessary.
Founded in 1977, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes preservation and enhancement of the architectural, cultural, and landscaped heritage of Saratoga Springs.