Fran Yardley shares the stories from her new publication, Finding True North: A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks. Richly illustrated with evocative images of Bartlett Carry from the 1860s to the present, Finding True North presents a portrayal pf pioneering spirit and the challenges of remote living both in the past and the present.Finding True North is “an evocative and personal history of a unique historic place in the Adirondacks. In 1968 Fran and Jay Yardley, a young couple with pioneering spirit, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long-abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club, with its one thousand acres and thirty-seven buildings. The Saranac Lake area property had been in Jay’s family for generations, and his dream was to restore this summer resort to support himself and, eventually, a growing family. Fran chronicles their journey and, along the way, unearths the history of those who came before, from the 1800s to the present. Offering an evocative glimpse into the past, Finding True North traces the challenges and transformations of one of the world’s most beautiful, least-celebrated places and the people who were tirelessly devoted to it.”
“Fran Yardley is a superb storyteller, and this is a superb story—of a camp and of a marriage, illuminating a key corner of the slightly out-of-time paradise that is the Adirondacks.”
– Bill McKibben
Fran is a writer, actor, and nationally known storyteller and workshop leader. With her husband, Jay Yardley, she renovated and managed the Bartlett Carry Club for sixteen years. She holds a BA in Theatre, has been manager of a historic Adirondack resort, a Christmas tree grower, and a French teacher. She can be seen regularly on stage in Saranac Lake, NY. In 1999 she cofounded Creative Healing Connections, a nonprofit organization offering retreats for women veterans and women with cancer and chronic illness. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she is now firmly rooted into the shores of Middle Saranac Lake where she lives with her actor/photographer husband, Burdette Parks, and her dog, Merlin.