SARATOGA SPRINGS — This fun family-friendly walking tour invites guests to enjoy the scenic beauty of a neighborhood historically known at Brandtville. The nearly 1-mile loop encourages participants to look for the oldest homes in the neighborhood and identify other interesting remnants that remain in Brandtville. This historically African American rural farming community dates back to the 1800’s. Located at the southeastern edge of Saratoga Springs, NY, Brandtville is situated south of the Southside Recreation Center across Crescent Street onto Doten Avenue. Between the dog park and Racino, this quiet neighborhood is a veritably verdant extension of The Spa State Park.
Carol Daggs, Author of Saratoga Soul Brandtville Blues is a descendant of the original Brandtville residents. This summer Daggs is offering guided walking tours on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. The approximately 1-mile loop is a comfortable stroll starting on Doten Avenue. North to Penn Street, the course turns left at Penn Street and meets Joshua Road. Left onto Joshua takes the course south toward Shaw Drive. From Shaw, turn left onto East Broadway, continue straight all the way to Jefferson Street and arrive at the west edge of the Racino. Take a left onto Jefferson and walk north to Taylor Street, turn left onto Taylor. Continue straight past the mailboxes to Doten Avenue. Turn right, walk down to the starting/ending point at 29 Doten. Congratulations, you’ve successfully completed The Brandtville Boogie!
Tickets with variable price options available on website: saratogasoulbook.com. Participation is open to adults, $25, students & seniors, $15. Children ages twelve and under are free and must be accompanied by their parent. Guests agree to observe CDC guidelines, wear a mask as needed, and maintain appropriate social distance. No pets permitted. Closest public restrooms located at the Southside Rec Center, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue. Plan your needs accordingly! Boogie on down to Brandtville to participate in the inaugural season of Monday walking tours this summer! RAIN OR SHINE tour dates are as follows. June – 7, 14, 21, 28. July 5, 12, 19, 26. August – 16, 23, 30.