The 2020 summer season at Saratoga Race Course was very different due to the COVID-19 protocols with just a few select people allowed to attend. This picture of a different time reminds us of the excitement “at the rail” means and what will be allowed to return in the future …with or without straw hats.
Walworth Mansion 1954
The Walworth Mansion was located on the westside of Broadway directly across from the present-day City Center and the location of a Stewart’s Store today. The building was torn down shortly after this image was taken. This mansion underwent many renovations in its life span. It started as a smaller white home built in 1815 by Henry Walton and purchased by Judge Rueben Hyde Walworth, last Chancellor of the State of New York in 1823.
Congress Spring/ Grand Central Hotel
This is an interesting image in the collection that lacks an exact date the image was taken. It’s easy to give a range since the Grand Central Hotel can be seen in the rear and that was built in 1872 and burned in October of 1874.
Congress Hall Dining Room
Congress Hall was one of the four largest hotels that was part of the village in the 1800s. The Congress Hotel stretched down Broadway from the corner of Spring Street to the entrance to Congress Park. Society demanded the best of food, drink and entertainment in these hotels and as we can see in this image the dining room was quite elegant.
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