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A View and Section of the Rock Spring at Saratoga

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A View and Section of the Rock Spring at Saratoga

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Valentine Seaman, A dissertation on the mineral waters of Saratoga including an account of the waters of Ballston, 2nd ed. (New-York: Printed and sold by Collins & Perkins, 1809).

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Creator - Individual

Seaman, Valentine

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"Below title: 'the dotted lines showing its inner cavity, and the crofs line, the surface of the Water.'"

Abstract (& Historical Note)

This early depiction of Saratoga Springs in Valentine Seaman’s treatise shows a settlement already drawing visitors to upstate New York’s medicinal springs. Seaman, a New York Hospital surgeon, sought to understand spring waters’ potential to combat diseases such as the Black Plague and Yellow Fever that spread through polluted water in the marshlands surrounding New York City. Although Seaman’s book was directed at other doctors, his map might have interested a broader audience. It includes a cross section of High Rock Spring, the settlement’s main attraction. The map actually draws attention to all kinds of water, including Saratoga Lake and the Hudson River.

In the introduction to his book, Seaman credits state surveyor Simeon De Witt’s 1804 Map of the State of New York for the map’s geographic information. His honesty reveals two things. First, travelers to Saratoga Springs were learning about the springs through maps, although perhaps relying on them to understand where they had gone rather than finding a way there. Second, there are many places to look for information about a map’s source. If a map is in a book, it’s worth doing some reading.

The document from which this map comes is available at the Saratoga Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library and in the special collections at Lucy Scribner Library, Skidmore College.


Saratoga Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library




Pictorial maps
Early maps


Cities and Towns
Discovery and Exploration

Subject - Geographic

Albany (N.Y.)
Ballston Spa (N.Y.)
Fish Creek (N.Y.: Creek)
High Rock Spring (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
Kayaderosseras Creek (Saratoga County, N.Y.)
Long Lake (N.Y. : Lake)
Mohawk River (N.Y.)
Owl Pond (N.Y.)
Round Lake (N.Y. : Lake)
Saratoga Lake (N.Y. : Lake)
Saratoga Springs (N.Y.)
Troy (N.Y.)


Collins & Perkins

Place of Publication

New York

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Internet Archive (Images 2-5) (Surgeon General's. Library)


“A View and Section of the Rock Spring at Saratoga,” Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project, accessed September 18, 2021,

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