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DEC Commissioner Joe Martens (L) and Adirondack Architectural Heritage director Steven Engelhart at Santanoni Great Camp (Photo:  Willem Monster)
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens (L) and Adirondack Architectural Heritage director Steven Engelhart at Santanoni Great Camp (Photo: Willem Monster)

In Adirondacks, Santanoni great camp saved from ruin

This winter, one of the best places in the North Country to ski has been the trail to Santanoni Great Camp in the Essex County town of Newcomb.

In part, that's because the old road to the camp has enough snow to make skiing possible.

But the restored buildings of Santanoni also offer one of the most fascinating glimpses of the Adirondacks as they existed during the gilded age, when the North Country was a retreat for the rich and powerful.

This week, Brian Mann joined a ski tour of the great camp, organized by the coalition that has spent more than a decade stabilizing and restoring the historic site.  Go to full article
A lake view at White Pine Camp.
A lake view at White Pine Camp.

Fodor's gives White Pine Camp a gold star

An Adirondack Great Camp has won high praise from Fodor's Travel. The travel guidebook publisher has named White Pine Camp, near Paul Smith's, as one of the top 10 "Best Sense of Place" destinations in the U.S. Fodor's calls White Pine Camp, "Rustic and elegant". Built in 1908, it hosted celebrities and dignitaries, including President Calvin Coolidge and his wife, in the 1920's. Dick and Mary George are co-owners and caretakers of the camp. Todd Moe spoke with Dick George about White Pine Camp's history and authentic feel.  Go to full article
Follensby Pond (Photos:  Kip Blanchard)
Follensby Pond (Photos: Kip Blanchard)

Follensby Park auction offers rare glimpse of Adk history

Later this month, Adirondackers will get a glimpse of local history that's been hidden for nearly a hundred years. Antiques and artifacts from the great camp lodge at Follensby Park, near Tupper Lake, will be sold at auction on August 25th. The sale has sparked speculation that the 14,500-acre estate might be sold to a conservation group or to the state of New York. The property includes one of the most beautiful and pristine lakes in the Adirondack Park. Brian Mann spoke with Kip Blanchard from Potsdam. He's the auctioneer who was hired to sell hundreds of objects from the White Birches lodge.  Go to full article
Santanoni's massive porch
Santanoni's massive porch

A Winter Postcard: Santanoni Great Camp

The wagon road to Santanoni Great Camp is one of the Adirondacks' classic trails. In summertime, it's a favorite with hikers and mountain bikers. In winter, the ten mile route from Newcomb offers one of the region's loveliest ski trips. After a gentle climb through rolling hills visitors find snowy views of one of the north country's most iconic pieces of architecture. Brian Mann made the trip this weekend. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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