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The Adirondack Experience collection has many stories to tell. In this time of pandemic and social distancing, we reflect on the stories of the healing power of the Adirondacks, the quiet beauty of the landscape, and people who have lived, worked and played here.

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Adirondack Guideboats : Beauty and Utility in Action
The guideboat is one of the most important icons of Adirondack culture. It is a sleek and graceful rowboat designed for use on lakes, ponds, and rivers. The guideboat was developed in the region beginning in the 1840s. Originally used by guides for hunting and fishing, the guideboat became a popular watercraft in the region by the late 1800s and remains a prized possession even today.

Wilderness to Warfront: The Adirondacks and World War II
World War II ended in 1945–75 years ago. We honor the legacy of the Adirondack men and women who fought the war at home and abroad and shaped the world we live in today.

Rustic Furniture : Nature’s Art
The Adirondack Experience has the largest collection of Adirondack rustic furniture. Made by hand in the Adirondacks of natural materials, mostly trees, these artifacts represent a regional tradition of more than 150 years.

Healing in the Adirondacks : Medicine and Medical Practice in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Mountains have long been thought to have healing properties. The clear, balsam-scented air; bracing winters; and outdoor sports and recreation brought health-seeking visitors as early as the first half of the 19th century.

Close to Home: Amusements in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Mountains have long been thought to have healing properties. The clear, balsam-scented air; bracing winters; and outdoor sports and recreation brought health-seeking visitors as early as the first half of the 19th century.

Adirondack Hermits : Experts in Social Distancing
The Adirondack Mountains have been home to backwoods hunters who chose to leave civilization for a self-reliant life in the wilderness. Some are legendary. The Adirondack Experience celebrates the rough and tumble characters that made social distancing a way of life.