Amelia Le Saux
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One of our standard rooms with a queen-sized bed and period chair, this room faces Congress Park to the front of the house. The bathroom was created from the circular tower room and features a shower built into a closet behind a curved door to match the round shape of the room.
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History of Amelia Le Saux
Amelia and Kate Batcheller were together for over 33 years. Like so many other mysteries that surround Amelia, there is no record of where and when she and Kate met. We do know that she was born Josephine Amelia Le Saux. Her family was from Paris and Amelia was ten years younger than Kate. Her only brother was severely disfigured in World War I and she also had a sister.
There is a collection of letters exchanged among the Le Saux family housed in the Saratoga History Museum which show that the family accepted the relationship between Kate and Amelia.
When Kate died in 1943 she left the estate in a complicated trust to Amelia. Although she preferred French to English and had no family here, Amelia would live in Saratoga for the rest of her life, dying after 1973. What remained of the trust became a scholarship fund at the Saratoga High School. The scholarships are still being awarded today.
As Kate and Amelia did not produce any heirs, Amelia gave much of the original Batcheller furnishings back to the Mansion in 1973 and left much of the Batcheller family memorabilia to the Saratoga History Museum. We are privileged to have Amelia's personal portrait of Kate on display; on loan from the Saratoga History Museum.
It is interesting that we know so much about the Batcheller family due to the generosity of a person who was not (legally) from the family. Amelia watched over the Batcheller legacy for over 30 years after Kate's death, and ensured that the legacy would live on; she was indeed a family member.
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