Fort Ann is a town in Washington County, New York, United States. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town population was 6,417 at the 2000 census. The name is derived indirectly from Queen Anne, and directly from a community in the town.
The town contains a village, also called Fort Ann, located in its southeast corner.
Fort Ann is located on the historic route linking the French and English colonies.
The area was the site of several forts built by various nations, from a small French fort called „The Pickets“ near the south end of Lake Champlain in 1689, in the northwest area of the town, to a series of forts (including „Fort Schuyler“ and „Queen’s Fort’) closer to where the village of Fort Ann stands today.
The town of Fort Ann is rich with history, and was the site of a turning point in the Revolutionary War: the Battle of Fort Anne. This conflict on July 7 and 8, 1777 helped to delay General John Burgoyne’s arrival in Saratoga, which ultimately led to his defeat. A plaque commemorating the event can be seen along Route 4.
Today, Fort Ann is a farming town, and contains many well-preserved, historic homes and buildings. The combined population of the Town and Village of Fort Ann is approximately 7,000.
Some of the primary attractions in the area include a craft distillery, a mini golf course and ice cream parlor, and a historic library. Sleeping Beauty Mountain, the Pilot Knob Preserve, and Stewarts Ledge are also nearby, and offer great hiking opportunities with spectacular views.
Fort Ann’s downtown is located just 15 minutes from Lake George’s famed outlet malls, meaning there’s always something to do, rain or shine.