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A historic journey in Ballston

The story closely mirrors that of Benedict Arnold himself, who betrayed the rebel army when he felt inadequately compensated for his work.

Ballston has also had its share of celebrities.

George Washington had a door slammed in his face as he was combing the area for (who else?) General James Gordon.

Then Vice President Theodore Roosevelt stopped for a meal in Carney's Restaurant on his way to Buffalo after McKinley was shot. The meal was probably one of the last things he ate before ascending to the presidency.

Then there's resident John Taylor, who served in Congress for 20 years and was Speaker of the House of Representatives. Both his house and Carney's are stops on the tour.

"A lot of famous people have connections to this little town that was in the middle of nowhere," said Reynolds.

Copies of the Historical Road Trip brochure can be found, free of charge at Ballston Town Hall, the Town of Ballston Community Library, FoCastle Farms Country Store in Burnt Hills, Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa and at Carney's Restaurant in Ballston Lake.

Supervisor Patti Southworth, who was present for the landmark tour, suggested that placing brochures at the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center could be a great way to draw tourists to the area.

Reynolds hopes that people will take advantage of the road trip to get in touch with the history of Ballston, especially when considering how quickly the entire area is changing.

"History's not just the past, history is what we're living right now," he said. "It's an incredible story, and we need to keep that story alive.""

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