Coming March 2024 Amy Shannon's Balls-Town
Coming March 2024 Amy Shannon's Balls-Town
Amy Shannon talks about Balls-Town and reads an excerpt.
Amy's first nonfiction book is about the history of her home town, Ballston Spa NY. Ballston Spa is in the middle of two towns, the Town of Ballston, and the Town of Milton. She is currently working on research. Later, this page will be updated and have digital resources that can be downloaded by others that may be interested in a historical town and its surrounding areas.
Ballston Spa is currently the border of two towns, the town of Ballston and the town of Milton. It is an area within Saratoga County, in upstate NY. Ballston Spa has its village, and outskirts that outline Ballston and borders Saratoga Springs.
It used to be distinguished by being called Ballston Centre. Before its incorporation in 1807, Ballston Spa was referred to as Ballston, (shortened from Ball’s Town), Ballston Springs, Bath, Springs, never really called Ballston Spa. Ballston Spa has its village, but its town and history have so many stories on how it got started, and when people realized how special this area is and was. Small hamlets or towns may have been forgotten, or the only thing that remains is a simple sign, such as Factory Village. Other hamlets are now just street names, such as the East Line hamlet. Bloodville and Craneville is long gone, and today, many would be surprised to know the infamy of the Old Iron Springs, and its healing mineral waters. Those waters still run, but not as vast as they did, and some forgot about them, and head north to Saratoga Springs, where they can enjoy, if they have a taste for it, the mineral water that pours from various fountains and salt banks.
Ball’s Town: A community of history, friends, neighbors, and lingering spirits
By Amy Shannon
With such lush and savage history, the Towns of Milton and Ballston were one, Balls-Town. The settlers, pioneers may still be recognized for the start of the towns, but there is more to the story. People, not just prominent, and the writings of people, long past, where their work may be long forgotten. It is a shame that some are forgotten, so with this being a history of Balls-Town, the incorporation of the Village of Ballston Spa, it is also an homage to those who wrote about these precious lands of the towns. Some stories, poems, historical writings about these hometowns, may have been once lost, but in this book, some of them are being revived.
I'm Amy Shannon, and this is my hometown, and its community of history, lingering spirits, and neighbors.
The books listed below are viewable on a Google Drive, if you click on the image. If you wish to have a copy of the digital book, email me at email@example.com and add the title of the book to the subject line.
A Poem on the Mineral Springs of Ballston and Saratoga, with notes illustrating the History of the Springs and Adjacent Country. Published by Reuben Sears, Printed by J. Comstock, Ballston Spa, NY. 1819
An Analysis of the Mineral Waters of Saratoga and Ballston, with practical remarks on their medical properties by Dr. John H. Steel, 1840.
Our County and its People. A descriptive and biographical record of Saratoga County NY. Prepared and published by The Saratogian, and printed by The Boston History Company. 1899.
A pedestrian Tour of Two Thousand Three Hundred Miles in North America. To the Lakes, -The Canadas, and The New-England States Performed in the autumn of 1821. Embellished with Views. By P. Stansbury . New York. Published and Sold by J. D Myers and W. Smith. No. 59 Fulton Street. 1822
A Plain account of the ordinance of Baptism; in which all the texts in the New Testament relating to it are proved and the holy Doctrine concerning dram from them alone by William Foot
Travels through the United States of America, in the years 1807, and 1809, 1810, & 1811; including an account of passages betwixt America and Britain, and travels through various parts of Britain, Ireland, & Canada. With corrections and improvements till 1815. Illustrated by coloured maps and plans by J. Melish. 1818.
Centennial History of the Village of Ballston Spa, including the town of Ballston and Milton- A souvenir of the Centennial Celebration, held June 22-25, 1907. by Edward F. Grose, and John Booth
The Ledger's Book Cover