Ballston Spa, which was named in honour of the Rev. Eliphalet Ball, an early settler, was settled about 1787 by the grandfather of Stephen A.
In 1824 he was ordained priest, and married a daughter of President Eliphalet Nott of Union College; she died in 1839, and in 1841 he married her cousin.
In 1828 Eliphalet Remington (1793-1861) established here a small factory for the manufacture of rifles.
He invented, and, with the assistance of his sons, Philo (1816-1889), Samuel and Eliphalet, improved the famous Remington rifle, which was adopted by several European governments, and was supplied in large numbers to the United States army.
The post-office, which was established in 1845, was named Remington, in honour of Eliphalet Remington; but later the present name was adopted.