Moon's Lake House, which stood (and repeatedly burned down) not far from the outlet of Saratoga Lake, is reputed by urban legend to have been the birthplace of the potato chip, and chef George Crum its "father" ... or at least its discoverer.
The hotel was built by Cary Moon in 1853 and became particularly popular in Saratoga Springs social life. Initially Catherine "Aunt Kate" Weeks and her brother George Crum shared the cooking duties. George was head chef but after some years left, eventually starting his own restaurant, Crum's Place, in the hamlet known as Malta Ridge, near the other end of the lake.
Read the entire article in the May 29th issue of the Express.