Gaslight Village: Lake George Fun Yesterday

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I thought I'd take a break from all the controversy to review the history of the one of the more popular Adirondack theme parks Lake George's Gaslight Village.
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Jan 30, 2008
 
I've been in "The Dacks" all my life. Went to Gaslight village alot. That vase with the Pottersville stamp is just a mistake
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May 12, 2008
 
There is a campground where I believe the original Story Town, or maybe Gas light Village was in Pottersville NY. It is located on Echo Lake. My husband's family is originally from Pottersville. His great grandparents, and great great grandparents are buried in Chestertown. I would love any and all infomation related to the area.
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May 12, 2008
 
ORDCARE wrote:
There is a campground where I believe the original Story Town, or maybe Gas light Village was in Pottersville NY. It is located on Echo Lake. My husband's family is originally from Pottersville. His great grandparents, and great great grandparents are buried in Chestertown. I would love any and all infomation related to the area.
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Storytown was always on 9 south of Lake George. That's the land that Charlie wood purchased for the theme park. Echo lake, No Way! I think I would Have seen it growing up. Who are Your husbands relatives? I knew Charlie Fish back in the day and some others.I'm around the mt. here and there, might catch me at a pig roast or two over the summer.
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May 27, 2008
 
The original Gaslight village was in Pottersville on RT 9 about 1/2 mile south of the Black Bear restaurant.The lake on the property is about 30 acres and is called Echo lake.The name was originaly named something different,I cant remember.The name of the property was originaly called Under The Maples and had a hotel and many out buildings and barns.The property was later converted to a campground called Smoke Rise.I know this because my family purchased Smoke Rise campground in 1973 and I lived in the old hotel for many years.The hotel is long gone,destroyed by fire about 1982.The only remains of Gaslight Village back in the 1970's was the concrete swimming pond fed by Echo lake.

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Jun 4, 2008
 
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The original Gaslight village was in Pottersville on RT 9 about 1/2 mile south of the Black Bear restaurant.The lake on the property is about 30 acres and is called Echo lake.The name was originaly named something different,I cant remember.The name of the property was originaly called Under The Maples and had a hotel and many out buildings and barns.The property was later converted to a campground called Smoke Rise.I know this because my family purchased Smoke Rise campground in 1973 and I lived in the old hotel for many years.The hotel is long gone,destroyed by fire about 1982.The only remains of Gaslight Village back in the 1970's was the concrete swimming pond fed by Echo lake.
I used to go to Gaslight Village with my family in the late 1950s and through the 60s. So, I'm curious, when was Gaslight Village supposed to have been in Pottersvile? Considering I was in Chestertown at the time....Always ate at the Black Bear...And have known the Stetsons, how cme Ive never seen or heard tell of it at the time. I remember Smoke Rise, had friends who stayed there. Not that I'm chalenging your validity, you've got me stumped though! Sometimes things get planned for one location then get changed at the last minute. But why would old Charlie Wood build Gaslight Village way over there when he already had Storytown South of Lake George. Plus if it was there first, it had to be back before the Northway ran up that far.When we went to gaslight Village the northway ended at Lake George. Need more info, you've realy got me wondering .
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Jun 20, 2008
 
Hmm doubt this area would have been Gaslight Village. Every june for the last 25 years I stay at the "N", Mountain Spring Lake, which is right next to Echo Lake. Never heard any stories about that over the years, I think I would have heard about it. I am going up there tommorrow, will ask the owner if she knows anything, lived there her whole life about this.

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Jun 21, 2008
 
Matt Urban wrote:
Hmm doubt this area would have been Gaslight Village. Every june for the last 25 years I stay at the "N", Mountain Spring Lake, which is right next to Echo Lake. Never heard any stories about that over the years, I think I would have heard about it. I am going up there tommorrow, will ask the owner if she knows anything, lived there her whole life about this.
Here's a letter I recieved recently from the Lake George Historical Society explaining: You are correct. Gaslight Village was started in the late 1950ís in Lake George by Charlie Wood, creator of Storytown (now The Great Escape in Queensbury). Gaslight Village was changed to Lake George Action Park probably in the 1970ís and ceased to exist in the 1980ís. Most recently (March 2008), the property was purchased by the Village and Town of Lake George, Warren County, the Lake George Land Conservancy, the Lake George Association, and the Fund for Lake George. The purchase was to restore the area to a wetland in order to help clean the water in Westbrook that empties into Lake George. To read about the project, visit the Lake George Associationís website, www.lakegeorgeassociation.org .



Hope that clears up any confusion.



Sincerely,



Alex Parrott

President, LGHA
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Sep 3, 2008
 
The story on Storytown that I got from my mother, born and raised in Pottersville is this.

Charlie Wood WANTED to build Storytown in Pottersville, but apparently the "town fathers" didn't want any part of it. And so, Mr. Wood built in Lake George, and they were more than happy to have it--and still are.

Gaslight Village was always in the same spot, also in Lake George.

They were both GREAT parks, WHEN Charlie Wood owned them. They've never been the same since...

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The story on Storytown that I got from my mother, born and raised in Pottersville is this.
Charlie Wood WANTED to build Storytown in Pottersville, but apparently the "town fathers" didn't want any part of it. And so, Mr. Wood built in Lake George, and they were more than happy to have it--and still are.
Gaslight Village was always in the same spot, also in Lake George.
They were both GREAT parks, WHEN Charlie Wood owned them. They've never been the same since...
Thanks! That clears up a lot. The souvineer vase that said:"Gaslight village Pottersville,ny" that was in the Adirondack Almanac was probably made in anticipation of a "yes" vote that never came. Thanks again for the info!
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May 8, 2009
 
I loved Gaslight Village.

I am 52 years old, and my parents took my brothers and I up to Lake Geroge from Long Island for many summers during the 60's to spend a week away from down here.

We used to stay at places like Scotty's and other motels around the bend on our visits.

Why was it taken down? Was it for finacial reasons?

If so, what a shame.

At least I can still rememeber it as it was, along with the original Story Town, Magic Forrest, and Frontier Land.

I remember the main street being so busy at night with folks walking about.

Man! If i could turn the clock back for a moment.

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May 15, 2009
 
Joe wrote:
I loved Gaslight Village.
I am 52 years old, and my parents took my brothers and I up to Lake Geroge from Long Island for many summers during the 60's to spend a week away from down here.
We used to stay at places like Scotty's and other motels around the bend on our visits.
Why was it taken down? Was it for finacial reasons?
If so, what a shame.
At least I can still rememeber it as it was, along with the original Story Town, Magic Forrest, and Frontier Land.
I remember the main street being so busy at night with folks walking about.
Man! If i could turn the clock back for a moment.
Joe
Gaslight village turned into a couple of different venues over the years.Long since abandoned it is now slated to be an environmental sort of "filter" to help keep sediment out of Lake George.The Mini golf next door is still thriving.Play it with The family all the time!Scottys,Magic forest ....still going strong. Storytown is now Great escape but still retains all the original stuff you probably remember.As for Cold spring harbor.......I used to go to the fish hatchery and museum back in the day.Nice town!
keep up the good memories
French Louie
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May 28, 2009
 
I love all the expert advice on this site, but folks, I hate to break it to you, Gaslight Village did exist in Pottersville in the 1950s. It was operated by Milt Selleck at the location that was Under the Maples. Apparently the rides, prizes, and who knows what else where purchased before 1959 by Charley Woods. The location had amusements even before then.
You can read more about how Pottersville became such a tourist Mecca at Adirondack Almanack. It will also be included in a new book coming out at the end of the summer:
http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2009/05 pottersville-fair-gambling-rac es-and.html
Local historian Andy Flynn has also wrote about the Potterseville Gaslight Village and mentioned a possible connection to Art Monaco http://news2.nnyln.net/lake-placid-news/lake-... \dtSearch%20Developer\UserData \essex-county&HitCount=49 &hits=58+59+5d+9d+9e+ed+ee +10e+10f+11b+12d+12e+130+138+1 39+168+169+176+177+18a+196+197 +1b8+1c9+1d0+1da+1db+1ea+1f3+1 f4+202+268+269+26b+2a0+2e2+2e3 +2ee+316+317+319+32e+32f+34e+3 4f+365+366+3a0+3a1+&Search Form=D%3a\essex-county\dtSearc h_form.html&.pdf
I'm afraid that whoever wrote from the Lake George Historical Society is not informed on this topic. Had they done even the most basic research, and not simply relied on what they thought they remembered, they would have discovered their error. That's unfortunate.

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John Warren - AdkAlmanack wrote:
I love all the expert advice on this site, but folks, I hate to break it to you, Gaslight Village did exist in Pottersville in the 1950s. It was operated by Milt Selleck at the location that was Under the Maples. Apparently the rides, prizes, and who knows what else where purchased before 1959 by Charley Woods. The location had amusements even before then.
You can read more about how Pottersville became such a tourist Mecca at Adirondack Almanack. It will also be included in a new book coming out at the end of the summer:
http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2009/05 pottersville-fair-gambling-rac es-and.html
Local historian Andy Flynn has also wrote about the Potterseville Gaslight Village and mentioned a possible connection to Art Monaco http://news2.nnyln.net/lake-placid-news/lake-... \dtSearch%20Developer\UserData \essex-county&HitCount=49 &hits=58+59+5d+9d+9e+ed+ee +10e+10f+11b+12d+12e+130+138+1 39+168+169+176+177+18a+196+197 +1b8+1c9+1d0+1da+1db+1ea+1f3+1 f4+202+268+269+26b+2a0+2e2+2e3 +2ee+316+317+319+32e+32f+34e+3 4f+365+366+3a0+3a1+&Search Form=D%3a\essex-county\dtSearc h_form.html&.pdf
I'm afraid that whoever wrote from the Lake George Historical Society is not informed on this topic. Had they done even the most basic research, and not simply relied on what they thought they remembered, they would have discovered their error. That's unfortunate.
Thank you John !
I checked out the links you provided and will be looking forward to the book.
French Louie
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Aug 3, 2009
 
Thank you John Warren for clearing that up.I Moved from N.J. in 1973 at the age of 10 to Smoke Rise Campground in Pottersville.I had always known the property was the former resort Under The Maples and had once been the site of Gaslight Village.Even as a young boy I was curios as to what the property looked like in its former days.There were still 3 cabins,an ice house,horse barns and the old hotel[that my family lived in].
There was also an old concrete swimming pool by Echo lake that the campground still used.
I don't know of any pictures of Gaslight Village on that property.If anyone has I would love to see them.

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DWT wrote:
Thank you John Warren for clearing that up.I Moved from N.J. in 1973 at the age of 10 to Smoke Rise Campground in Pottersville.I had always known the property was the former resort Under The Maples and had once been the site of Gaslight Village.Even as a young boy I was curios as to what the property looked like in its former days.There were still 3 cabins,an ice house,horse barns and the old hotel[that my family lived in].
There was also an old concrete swimming pool by Echo lake that the campground still used.
I don't know of any pictures of Gaslight Village on that property.If anyone has I would love to see them.
John says the book will be out by the end of summer.Even though it didn't last one season in that location, I'm sure there are photos.
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Aug 9, 2009
 
DWT wrote:
The original Gaslight village was in Pottersville on RT 9 about 1/2 mile south of the Black Bear restaurant.The lake on the property is about 30 acres and is called Echo lake.The name was originaly named something different,I cant remember.The name of the property was originaly called Under The Maples and had a hotel and many out buildings and barns.The property was later converted to a campground called Smoke Rise.I know this because my family purchased Smoke Rise campground in 1973 and I lived in the old hotel for many years.The hotel is long gone,destroyed by fire about 1982.The only remains of Gaslight Village back in the 1970's was the concrete swimming pond fed by Echo lake.
This person has the most accurate information about Gaslight village. I use to go there as a kid also and yes it did get destroyed by a flood and a fire. I went there one yr. before it was destroyed. It was a fun place that kids loved. It's too bad they didn't rebuild it.
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Oct 29, 2009
 
french louie wrote:
<quoted text> Here's a letter I recieved recently from the Lake George Historical Society explaining: You are correct. Gaslight Village was started in the late 1950ís in Lake George by Charlie Wood, creator of Storytown (now The Great Escape in Queensbury). Gaslight Village was changed to Lake George Action Park probably in the 1970ís and ceased to exist in the 1980ís. Most recently (March 2008), the property was purchased by the Village and Town of Lake George, Warren County, the Lake George Land Conservancy, the Lake George Association, and the Fund for Lake George. The purchase was to restore the area to a wetland in order to help clean the water in Westbrook that empties into Lake George. To read about the project, visit the Lake George Associationís website, www.lakegeorgeassociation.org .
Hope that clears up any confusion.
Sincerely,
Alex Parrott
President, LGHA
Mr. Parrot is so wrong with his Gaslight Village information that I am surprised he still has a job!

Gaslight Village opened in 1959.

Gaslight Village closed in 1989 however half of the park still remained open. Gaslight Village was cut in half due to parking needed for the Lac Du Saint Sacrament. Also at this time, Charlie Wood was looking to get out of the amusement park business. This is when he sold The Great Escape to IBC (but later bought it back).

From 1990 to 1992, the "half" of Gaslight Village was called Lake George Ride & Fun Park. This park was still owned and operated by Charlie Wood. Because the park was cut in half, I am not quite sure if all of the shows were still being performed. I know there were less rides. Maybe somebody remembers and could share? I have brochures of Gaslight, but can't seem to find any of Ride & Fun Park. I know they were made.

From 1993 to 1996 the Gaslight Village/Lake George Ride & Fun Park lot was vacant. Then in 1996, Action Park opened. Again, this was owned by Charlie Wood. This park was the same size as Ride & Fun park, however I don't think there were as many rides.

Action Park closed in 1998 and the lot has been vacant since.

So here's the correct timeline:

1959 - 1989 - Gaslight Village
1990 - 1992 - Lake George Ride & Fun Park
1996 - 1998 - Action Park

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask!

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Oct 30, 2009
 
Derek wrote:
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Mr. Parrot is so wrong with his Gaslight Village information that I am surprised he still has a job!
Gaslight Village opened in 1959.
Gaslight Village closed in 1989 however half of the park still remained open. Gaslight Village was cut in half due to parking needed for the Lac Du Saint Sacrament. Also at this time, Charlie Wood was looking to get out of the amusement park business. This is when he sold The Great Escape to IBC (but later bought it back).
From 1990 to 1992, the "half" of Gaslight Village was called Lake George Ride & Fun Park. This park was still owned and operated by Charlie Wood. Because the park was cut in half, I am not quite sure if all of the shows were still being performed. I know there were less rides. Maybe somebody remembers and could share? I have brochures of Gaslight, but can't seem to find any of Ride & Fun Park. I know they were made.
From 1993 to 1996 the Gaslight Village/Lake George Ride & Fun Park lot was vacant. Then in 1996, Action Park opened. Again, this was owned by Charlie Wood. This park was the same size as Ride & Fun park, however I don't think there were as many rides.
Action Park closed in 1998 and the lot has been vacant since.
So here's the correct timeline:
1959 - 1989 - Gaslight Village
1990 - 1992 - Lake George Ride & Fun Park
1996 - 1998 - Action Park
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask!
Grew up there, know that. Thanks for the input ! Our original issue though was whether Gaslight Village "originated" in Pottersville before it was popular in Lake George (SEE : Post # 12 John Warren of the Adirondack Almanac.) Click on the links , very interesting !
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Dec 2, 2009
 
I've never heard anything about Gaslight Village being in Pottersville, NY. I've seen old brochures from Gaslight back when they first opened, but nothing regarding Pottersville.

There might have been a park in Pottersville but I doubt that it was related to Gaslight Village.

I mentioned Lake George Ride & Fun Park in my first post because nobody seems to remember that. I try looking online for information but all I get is Gaslight Village and then Action Park. I've always wondered what rides were kept for Ride & Fun Park and what shows still went on.

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Derek wrote:
I've never heard anything about Gaslight Village being in Pottersville, NY. I've seen old brochures from Gaslight back when they first opened, but nothing regarding Pottersville.
There might have been a park in Pottersville but I doubt that it was related to Gaslight Village.
I mentioned Lake George Ride & Fun Park in my first post because nobody seems to remember that. I try looking online for information but all I get is Gaslight Village and then Action Park. I've always wondered what rides were kept for Ride & Fun Park and what shows still went on.
Click the second link in post #13. Kinda hard to read but you'll see what we are getting at. Charlie Wood (God bless him) DID originally start Gaslight Village just South of Pottersville but it only saw one summer season and that one was terrible . It was closed and later moved to the property in Lake George. The reason it's not remembered in Pottersville is because it never really took off there like it did in LG.

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