Stillwater was on the highway of history before the history was recorded. Her main street, Hudson Avenue, on the road from Albany to Canada, has known the feet of Indians who crossed here to the Hoosick River; expeditionary forces in 1690, 1691, 1709 and during the French and Indian Wars; brave Fr. [Isaac] Jogues on his way to martyrdom; the migration of settlers coming “west” from New England; the midwinter trek of Colonel Henry Knox and his men as they brought cannons from Ticonderoga to Cambridge, Massachusetts; the gathering of militia and American forces led under the command of General Horatio Gates in the surprising defeat of the British in 1777 on Stillwater’s hills (The Battles of Saratoga); the dejected march of General Burgoyne’s defeated army; the bustling commerce of a market center and growing manufacturing community during the golden age of the Champlain Canal; visits from great men (Washington really did sleep here in 1783 at the Harmanus Schuyler home); and the gradual changeover to a residential community.
Brown's Beach is one of the only public swimming spots on Saratoga Lake. A kayak/canoe launch area is a great area to learn any type of water sport. Picnic and volleyball areas are available. Brown's Beach reopened to the public in 2015.
Saratoga Lake is a place of great natural beauty. Located just northwest of Stillwater, it is a wonderful recreation spot for boating, year-round fishing (including winter ice fishing) and a place of relaxtion and rest. Originally, the Mohawks named the lake Caniad-eri-os-se-ra: The lake of the crooked stream. In 1772, settlers named it Saratoga Lake.
Water Sports, Performing Arts and golf are just a few of the many activities in and around the Town of Stillwater.
The site of the turning point of the American Revolutionary War, history is everywhere around the Town of Stillwater.