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Fools Rushed In: W.H.H. Murray’s Adventures in the Wilderness, 150 Years Later

April 7, 2019 | 1:30 pm

Special Murray’s Fools tasting in the Visitor’s Center before and after the presentation.*

Ivy Gocker

In 1869, Boston-based clergyman and author William Henry Harrison Murray published a collection of advice and anecdotes on his camping trips to a then little-known region – the Adirondacks. The volume, ; or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks would launch a thousand camping trips, inspiring hordes of untested city folk to try their hand at “roughing it” in the Adirondack wilds. Known as Murray’s Fools, these adventure-seekers flooded the region, spurring the growth of a tourism industry that would change the Adirondacks forever.

Adirondack Experience Library Director Ivy Gocker will explore the impact of Murray’s influential guidebook as well as the life of Murray himself, based in large part on the ADKX’s own collection of correspondence, publications, and scrapbooks from Murray and his family.

Ivy Gocker has been Library Director at the Adirondack Experience since the fall of 2016. Prior to that, she worked for nine years at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, spending her last six in the library’s local history department, the Brooklyn Collection. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute.


Join us for a special Murray’s Fools tasting in the Visitor’s Center before or after the presentation. Visitors can enjoy up to three tasting samples (per NYS regulations) from the following menu:

  • The Snowshoe Vodka – made with NY Organic Corn from a farm in Essex NY
  • La Pomme du Law Apple Brandy – made with NY apples and aged in new American Oak barrels
  • WolfJaw American Single Malt Whiskey – made with NY Malt, a small amount of English Peat Malt and aged in new American Oak barrels
  • Osprey Aquavit – made with NY Organic Corn from a farm in Essex NY and flavored with natural botanicals

www.murraysfoolsdistilling.com