This historic waterfall and landmark on the Hudson River was known to the Mohican as “chepontuc” meaning a “hard place to get around.” For a long time, this was Mohican territory until the early 1600s when the Mohawk Indians took it over. In 1788, Col. John Glen of Schenectady bought the land and built the first mills here. The falls and surrounding town would be named after Glen and here at the falls, using the rapids, many industries would prosper throughout Glens Falls history. Lumber, grist, and saw mills; factories; paper mills, and hydroelectric powerplants would use the rapids.
Usually obscured by falling waters is Cooper’s Cave, two connected caves that were a setting in The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. This famous landmark can be remembered in the film version when Daniel Day-Lewis tells Madeleine Stowe “I will find you!” before dramatically jumping through a waterfall.