Adirondack Journal

Follensby Pond

The Philosophers’ Camp at Follensby Pond

In the summer of 1858 an expedition of ten scholarly men from Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts embarked on a trip to Follensby Pond in the Adirondacks, creating what came to be known as the Philosophers’ Camp at the shore of the pond. Follensby Pond is located in the southwest corner of Harrietstown, New York between…

Kidnapped in NY

Kidnapped in Northern New York

New York abolished slavery in 1827. However, the state was not rid of those who believed in profiting from the selling of human lives. Free black men and women had to remain cautious of kidnappers. Hired slave hunters who sought fugitive slaves for return to the south continued to threaten the freedom the North represented.…

Boat Collection

A Dip into our Boat Collection

The Adirondack Museum is known for its large and varied collection of boats used to navigate the many lakes and rivers of our region. The collection includes an inboard launch named Vic, a 1933 Hickman Sea Sled, a Grumman aluminum canoe owned by Homer Dodge, a Raider model Adirondack guideboat built by H.D. Grant, an Adirondack…

Spring Pests

Spring Pests

May in the Adirondacks typically brings sunshine, warmer days, green grass, tree buds, daffodils… and the black flies. Enduring black flies is a test of anyone’s character. The ways in which people have coped with the months of May and June and these unwelcome spring arrivals have been extensively documented. There is even a black…

Mitchell-Sabattis-Abenaki

Abenaki People in the Adirondacks – Mitchell Sabattis

  Mitchell Sabattis, Abenaki Farmer, 1855  By guest writers Christopher Roy & David Benedict, 7 June 2009 While most people associate Abenaki people with the Odanak reserve on the banks of the St. Francis River in Quebec, Abenaki history is just as rooted in the Adirondack Mountains. No Abenaki has figured as prominently throughout the…

Dan Emmett Abenaki

Abenaki People in the Adirondacks – Dan Emmett

Dan Emmett, Canoe Builder By guest writers Christopher Roy & David Benedict, 15 June 2009 While most people associate Abenaki people with the Odanak reserve on the banks of the St. Francis River in Quebec, Abenaki history is just as rooted in the Adirondack Mountains. To students of Abenaki history, among the most interesting artifacts…

Maude-Benedict Nagazoa Abenaki

Abenaki People in the Adirondacks – Maude (Benedict) Nagazoa

Maude (Benedict) Nagazoa, Proud Adirondack Abenaki  By guest writers Christopher Roy & David Benedict, 15 June 2009 While most people associate Abenaki people with the Odanak reserve on the banks of the St. Francis River in Quebec, Abenaki history is just as rooted in the Adirondack Mountains. In July 1960, about a year before her…

Adirondack Gardens

The Gardens of the Adirondack Museum

The grounds of the Adirondack Museum have changed a great deal since the museum first opened in 1957. However, the commitment to beautiful gardens has remained constant over the years. Mary Marquand Hochschild, wife of the Adirondack Museum’s founder Harold K. Hochschild, carefully designed the first gardens. She created beautiful grounds through nurturing care and…

Adirondack Scenic Byways

Adirondack Scenic Byways

A scenic byway is a road with a story to tell, offering great views, interesting historical sites, or an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities. The Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways are three routes that cut through the Adirondack Park, and are part of the New York Scenic Byways Program created by the State Legislature in…

Lake Placid Olympic Games

Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games

Lake Placid has had the privilege of hosting two Winter Olympic games, first in 1932 and again in 1980. While games in the past were much smaller in scale than the extravaganzas they have become, it is still remarkable that a village with a population of well under 3,000 people could host an international sporting…