During the French-Indian War and the Revolutionary War, Glens Falls was a halfway point between Fort Edward and Fort William Henry. The area was originally called "Chepontuc" (Iroquois; "difficult place to get around") due to the river and rock formations. Because of its location on The Hudson River, this enabled transportation of goods, products, and services which stimulated strong economic growth.
By 1766 it was called Wing's Falls for Abraham Wing, leader of the group of Quakers that established the permanent settlement. Wing's claim to the name was transferred over to Colonel Johannes Glen of Schenectady in 1788. Colonel Glen then changed its name to Glen’s Falls, which was later officially referred to as Glens Falls. As time progressed it became an incorporated village in 1839. The city charter was granted by the state legislature in 1908.
Now as you stroll down Glen Street or drive our neighborhoods and you’ll see the architectural charm of the past preserved in many of our buildings and homes.
We welcome you to visit our friendly, historic and culturally diverse community.