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 The High Rock Spring is located across Maple Avenue from The Olde Bryan Inn. Tradition says that Native Americans of the Saratoga region visited the High Rock Spring as early as 1300 to gain strength from the "Medicine Spring of the Great Spirit." As to the identity of the first white man to visit the springs we cannot be certain. There is reason to believe that an ailing French officer from Fort Carillon, near Rensselaer, was carried to the spring by the Native Americans in the late 1750’s. However, the first visitor to attract special attention to the area was Sir William Johnson in 1771. Johnson was suffering from a wound received in the Battle of Lake George and was carried from Johnstown to High Rock Spring by a Mohawk tribe. After a stay of several days, his health improved noticeably so that he was able to walk during a portion of the return trip. Due to Sir William’s distinguished stature, the reputation of the spring grew quickly.

In 1773, Dirck Schoughten of Waterford built a crude log cabin on the bluff overlooking the spring. He fell into disfavor with the Native Americans in the region and left that same summer.

In 1774, John Arnold and his family took over the cabin, improved it and operated an inn for visitors to the spring. Sixteen Native American dwellings were also located near the spring at this time.


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Some basic background about the location      The Olde Bryan Inn was at one time an old stage coach stop. Some believe it is the oldest still-operating Inn in America. I have no way of verifying that, but I can verify that it is really, really old, made of stone and beautifully aged wood. The ambiance in the Inn is wonderful with fireplaces. You can get real food there if you ask questions and order carefully.      What was your experience there? I took my …
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