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Lake George is a town in Warren County, New York, USA. It is part of the Glens Falls, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,578 at the 2000 census. The town is named after the lake, Lake George.

The Town of Lake George is on the eastern border of the county. Within the town is a village named Lake George.

The lake was discovered by Father Isaac Jogues in August 1642. He was later captured by Mohawks, escaped, and returned home to France. In 1646, he was sent on a political mission to the Iroquois to propose a treaty of peace, and at that point named the lake "Lac du Saint Sacrement" (The Lake of the Blessed Sacrament).

In 1755, the lake was renamed "Lake George" by General Johnson in honor of King George II.

Lake George was also the site of Fort William Henry, named in honor of Prince William Henry, grandson of King George II, by General Johnson. The fort, its surrender to Marquis de Montcalm after a six-day siege by the French and Indians, and the following massacre all in 1757 were used by James Fenimore Cooper as the background for his famous novel The Last of the Mohicans. The fort was reconstructed and opened to the public as a museum in 1953.

The Town of Lake George was established in 1810 as the "Town of Caldwell" from parts of the towns of Bolton, Queensbury, and Thurman. In 1962 the town changed its name to the Town of Lake George.

The town is also home to Wiawaka, a historic retreat center that was founded in 1903 for female textile workers from Troy but operates as a nonprofit for everyone today.

 

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