May Walking Tours
Free and Unlimited!
AARCH is welcoming springtime with two new offerings, free of charge and open to all. Led by local guides and historians, join us for a walk around two villages to learn the stories of their history and development through their architecture. Routes will include a collection of public and residential buildings, with access to select interiors. Each day will have two tour times to choose from, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The tours will begin with an introduction on the town’s heritage, and the walking portion will last approximately two hours.
Please register for each tour and inquire about specific directions by contacting Virginia in the AARCH office at (518) 834-9328.
Saturday, May 16. Meeting place: Samuel de Champlain History Center (202 Elm Street, Champlain, NY 12919)
Saturday, May 23. Meeting place: Rouses Point History and Welcome Center (68 Pratt Street, Rouses Point, NY 12979)
The May Walking Tours are made possible by a generous donation from Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation.
Three open house weekends will be offered in 2015:
January 17th, 18th, and 19th
February 14th, 15th, and 16th
March 14th and 15th
Below is the 2014 schedule. The 2015 summer tour schedule will be posted in mid April.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Mt. McGregor is the home to two very different and unusual sites-the General Ulysses S. Grant Cottage and Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility. The former is the cottage where General Grant spent his final months completing his memoirs before succumbing to throat cancer in 1885. Just over the fence is a compound of buildings that sprawls along the mountaintop and was constructed in 1912 as a tuberculosis hospital by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company to care for its afflicted employees. This institutional campus is comprised largely of Arts and Crafts influenced buildings, but its gem is a Mission style chapel containing a recently discovered altar painting by early 20th century artist Elliot Dangerfield. By the 1940s the hospital had become a veteran’s camp, and then a center for people with developmental disabilities. After a period of vacancy the site reopened in 1976 as a medium security prison. This will be the final opportunity to tour the prison as it is closing this summer. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. The fee is $35 for AARCH and Wilton Heritage Society members and $45 for non-members. FULL
Valcour Island I
Friday, June 13, 2014
There will be a second tour on September 8.
Beyond the Blue Line: Discovering the Hudson Valley
Wednesday, June 25 – Friday, June 27, 2014
Registration and cancellation deadline: June 9
Two more historic house tours round out the itinerary on Friday. First is Wilderstein, an elaborate Queen Anne style residence with interiors designed by Joseph Burr Tiffany, and landscape attributed to Calvert Vaux. Home to the Suckley family for three generations, the last resident was Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, a cousin and confidante of FDR. Lunch will be at the Rhinecliff Hotel before caravanning to Staasburgh State Historic Site for a Downton Abbey themed tour of the Mills estate. The renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White designed this Beaux Arts mansion for Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills on a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson.
The fee for this tour is $790 per person for double occupancy; for single occupancy please add $150. This includes two dinners, two breakfasts and two lunches, overnight accommodations, tax and gratuity, and admission to all sites. You’ll also receive a copy of Historic Houses of the Hudson River Valley by Gregory Long.
Note: Fee does not include alcoholic beverages. Also, this tour requires walking and standing for extended periods of time, and many of the sites are not handicapped accessible.
Inside Dannemora Prison I
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Registration deadline: June 4
The Clinton Correctional Facility at Dannemora, originally built in 1845, is the third oldest in New York State. This unique opportunity will take us inside this maximum-security prison where we will visit a cellblock modeled on the “Auburn System,” the Church of the Good Thief built entirely by inmates, the North Yard, workshops, and the former Dannemora State Hospital. The history of the prison is fascinating and its architecture most dramatic. The day will begin with a walking tour of the village followed by a visit inside the prison in the afternoon. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. The fee is $35 for AARCH members and $45 for non-members. Participants must be 18 or older. For safety purposes, other restrictions apply. Please contact AARCH for information.
Note: Cancellations made after June 4 cannot be refunded.
Preserving Camp Santanoni
Four tours will be offered in 2014:
June 28, July 25, August 16 & September 5
The round-trip walk is 9.8 miles on a gently sloping carriage road. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $20. A limited number of seats are available on a horse-drawn wagon for a $25 fee. If you are handicapped, please let us know when you register so that we can have the proper wagon ready.
Rustic Architecture of Big Moose
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Downtown Glens Falls
Thursday, July 10, 2014
IRON MINING HISTORY
Tahawus and the Deserted Village of Adirondac
Friday, July 11, 2014
Small Farm Rising
Monday, July 14, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
We begin with a tour of Constable Hall, a limestone, Federal style building dating to the early 1800s that was home to the Constable family for five generations. Lunch will be provided at the Chamber of Commerce, formerly the Bateman Hotel. In the afternoon we’ll embark on a walking tour of downtown Lowville with several interior stops illustrating a range of architectural styles. Our guides for the day will be Lowville historian Charlotte Beagle and Anne Merrill from the Chamber of Commerce. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. The fee is $40 for AARCH members and $50 for non-members. Lunch is included.
Following the tour we encourage you to take advantage of free admission to the 194th Lewis County Fair, located in Lowville.
Children’s Camps of Keeseville and Willsboro
Monday, July 21, 2014
Rooted in the progressive movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, children’s summer camps reached their peak of development in the 1920s and 30s. Whether promoting equal opportunity for girls, experiential learning opportunities in an outdoor setting, or serving as recreational boarding schools, these camps were often a child’s first introduction to the world of nature and outdoor recreation. This tour will explore the architecture, history and present operation of two long running children’s camps, both privately owned and operated by the same families since they were established. We will visit North Country Camps: Lincoln and Whippoorwill, celebrating their 95th season under the continuous direction of the Gucker family; and Camp Pok-O-MacCready, which has been welcoming campers since 1905 under guidance of the Swan family.
The tour will be led by Hallie Bond, curator of the Adirondack Museum’s 2003 exhibit, “A Paradise for Boys and Girls: Children’s Camps in the Adirondacks,” and co-author of the book of the same title. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. The fee is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Lunch is included. FULL
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The site of our 2012 mystery tour, Camp Arden, located near Onchiota, was so popular that we brought it back. Begun as little more than a collection of platform tents in the 1880s, the camp originally served as an escape from the rapid spread of tuberculosis. As more permanent structures took hold, it remained closely connected with TB, first as a place for recovery and treatment, and later when it was donated to the Trudeau Institute. Years of neglect left the site buried in overgrown trees, but the current owners persevered and have spent the last 16 years rebuilding, restoring and adding on to create Camp Arden. The tour begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. The fee is $35 and you must be a Sponsor level member ($100) or higher to attend.
Croghan: Maple, Milling and Mennonites
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Summer Living in Speculator
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Spiritual Retreats on Lake George
Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Legacy of William and Alice Miner
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The museum was established in 1924 in a three-story stone mansion, built to house Alice’s collection of art and decorative objects. The farm was an organizational and technological marvel in its day with 300 buildings on 15,000 acres and 800 employees. In the 20th century the farm evolved into the Miner Institute, which focuses on pioneering agricultural research and livestock breeding. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. The fee is $35 for AARCH members $45 for non-members.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
We will enjoy a barbeque lunch at the Pinecone Restaurant’s lakeside pavilion and then visit the New York Ranger School, which has offered a forestry program since 1912. The day will conclude with a visit to Knollwood, designed and built by Dr. Frederick R. Calkins in 1915 as a complex of three summer camp buildings and a pedestrian suspension bridge over the Oswegatchie River. It was recently listed to the National Register of Historic Places. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. The fee is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Lunch is included. Total walking distance is about 1.5 miles. A limited number of seats are available on golf carts. If you have trouble walking and would like a ride, please note that when you register.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
Take a walk through historic Plattsburgh with Don Wickman, director of the Kent-Delord House museum. This tour will examine residential and commercial structures from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries in the downtown area, ending with a tour of the 1797 Kent-Delord house. This region contains representatives of most of the major architectural styles for these time periods, plus a few unique landmarks that help to make the city special. For lunch you have the option to bring your own or take advantage of the many downtown restaurants. The Plattsburgh Farmers’ Market will also be open, featuring dozens of local vendors. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. The fee is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Total walking distance is about 2 miles.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Port Henry: Then and Now
Friday, August 15, 2014
In the late 19th century, Port Henry was one of the wealthiest villages in New York. With iron mining wealth, the Witherbee & Sherman Company and its founders built new schools, churches, parks, libraries, and other institutions-many of which were designed by noted New York architects. The village is a museum of architectural styles ranging from Second Empire to Craftsman. Starting at the Sherman Free Library, designed by architect S. Gifford Slocum of Saratoga Springs, we will tour Port Henry’s churches and commercial buildings For lunch you have the option to dine at Foote’s Port Henry Diner-one of the oldest in the country. Besides historic buildings, Port Henry is also home to a vibrant public art program; and we will visit several new murals and signs that animate the village. Our tour will culminate with refreshments at the Made in the Mountains Gallery-housed in an elegant balconied commercial building.
Guides will be Frank Martin, a landscape and architectural historian, and Linda Smyth, a local artist. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3 pm. The fee is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. FULL
Raquette Lake’s Long Point And Environs
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Lake Champlain Maritime History
Thursday, August 21, 2014
AARCH is proud to partner with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vermont to offer this tour that explores the hidden treasures and maritime history of Lake Champlain. Over 300 historic shipwrecks lie on the bottom of the lake and thanks to modern technology we’re able to view some of them through a submersible Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) whose camera provides an up-close view through an on-board monitor. Traveling by boat, we’ll hear the story of the Champlain II, a passenger steamboat that ran aground and sunk just north of Westport in 1875, and see the wreck through the ROV camera. After lunch at the Basin Harbor Club we’ll tour the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to learn more about this lake that some consider the most historic body of water in North America. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. The fee is $50 for AARCH and LCMM members and $60 for non-members. Lunch is included.
The Milhollands of Lewis
Friday, August 22, 2014
Atop a hill in the town of Lewis rests the grave of a martyr of the American woman’s suffrage movement. Inez Milholland shot to fame as the herald atop a white horse at the head of the March 3, 1913 suffrage procession in Washington, DC. She set out as “the flying envoy” of the National Woman’s Party on a cross-country campaign for support of a federal suffrage amendment. The schedule sapped Inez of her vitality and she collapsed after demanding: “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?” Inez died a few weeks later, at the age of 30. Her sacrifice was honored in the first memorial service ever held in the U.S. Capitol for a woman. Inez was a record-holding athlete at Vassar College, lawyer, journalist, member of the NAACP, pacifist, and fierce suffragist. Despite being eulogized by poets Carl Sandberg and Edna St. Vincent Millay, Inez sits quietly waiting for someone to “Take up the song, Forget the epitaph.” Stops on this tour will include Meadowmount School of Music, the Milholland estate; site of the 1924 “Forward Into Light” pageant, which attracted 10,000 visitors; Milholland Park; Lewis Congregational Church; and the graves of Inez and other Milhollands.
These sites will be interpreted by Sandra Weber, Elizabethtown/Lewis author, historian, storyteller, and Inez scholar and re-enactor. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. The fee is $35 for AARCH members and $45 for non-members.
Damming of the Sacandaga
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Local resident and AARCH board member Willem Monster will tell the story of Sacandaga Park and the resort community that once was, and how the valley came to be hidden beneath the Great Sacandaga Lake. Stops will include the restored FJ&G train station, a walk through Sacandaga Park and a boat ride to Fish House. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. The fee is $35 for AARCH members and $45 for non-members.
Inside Dannemora Prison II
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Registration deadline: July 30
The Clinton Correctional Facility at Dannemora, originally built in 1845, is the third oldest in New York State. This unique opportunity will take us inside this maximum-security prison where we will visit a cellblock modeled on the “Auburn System,” the Church of the Good Thief built entirely by inmates, the North Yard, workshops, and the former Dannemora State Hospital. The history of the prison is fascinating and its architecture most dramatic. The day will begin with a walking tour of the village followed by a visit inside the prison in the afternoon. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. The fee is $35 for AARCH and $45 for non-members. Participants must be 18 or older. For safety purposes, other restrictions apply. Please contact AARCH for information.
Bartlett’s Carry Club
Thursday, August 28, 2014
At Bartlett’s Carry, the Saranac River drops thirty feet in two tenths of a mile between Upper Saranac Lake and Middle Saranac Lake, making a portage in both directions necessary. This stretch of river was also legendary for its trout fishing. It was here in 1854 that Virgil Bartlett established an inn for 50 guests and a horse-drawn wagon service for conveying boats along the carry. For thirty five years he and his wife, Caroline, operated this popular establishment. The property was then purchased by a group of wealthy patrons who organized it as The Saranac Club and built additional lodges and private cottages. During the 20th century it was used in a variety of ways and, in 1968, it was purchased by Fran and Jay Yardley, who restored and opened it to the public as the Bartlett’s Carry Club. It was later sold into private, cooperative ownership.
This is a rare opportunity to visit a place of great regional historical importance and to hear its story from Fran Yardley, Bartlett’s Carry historian, actor, and storyteller. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The fee is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. FULL
Valcour Island II
Monday, September 8, 2014
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
Beyond the Blue Line: The Webbs of Shelburne
Wednesday and Thursday, September 10 and 11
Registration deadline: August 12
Experience rich history, breathtaking views, dynamic architecture and a world class museum on this Beyond the Blue Line tour in Shelburne, Vermont. Here we’ll be taken back in time to 1886 to the story of William Seward Webb and Lila Vanderbilt Webb and their creation of Shelburne Farms, a model agricultural estate. We’ll also explore Shelburne Museum, which was established by William and Lila’s daughter-in-law, Electra Havemeyer Webb, and includes a vast and unique array of collections.
The Webbs acquired a swath of land along Lake Champlain, then employed two of the era’s most prominent designers to bring their dream to life. The grounds were the work of Frederick Law Olmsted, while the buildings were handled by Robert H. Robertson, who also designed the Webbs’ Nehasane Lodge on Lake Lila, as well as the main lodge at Camp Santanoni. At its peak the farm encompassed 3,800 acres, had 300 employees, a huge range of farm products, and a hackney breeding operation. Today, the 1,400-acre farm, and National Historic Landmark, still operates under the guidance of the Webb family, with a mission “to cultivate a conservation ethic for a sustainable future.” On day one of the tour, participants will tour the farm’s grounds and buildings, get a peek at the archives, and learn about the ongoing garden restoration. Accommodations, dinner and breakfast will be at the luxurious Inn, formerly William and Lila’s family home.
On the second day we’ll visit the Brick House, which was the home of William and Lila’s oldest son James Watson and his wife, Electra Havemeyer, from 1913-1960. The house was part of one of the smaller farms that grew into Shelburne Farms, but was extensively remodeled and expanded by James and Electra. The grand 40-room Colonial Revival also acted as an early display platform for Electra’s growing collections of art and Americana, which would eventually be housed at the Shelburne Museum, where we’ll spend the rest of the day. Electra founded the Shelburne Museum in 1947 with a goal of creating “an educational project, varied and alive.” She amassed multiple historic houses, a lighthouse, and even a steamboat to use as interactive exhibits and space to display collections. Today, 39 buildings house over 150,000 objects ranging from carriages, to Impressionist paintings, to blown glass canes.
The fee for this tour is $390 per person for double occupancy, which includes three meals, overnight accommodations at the Inn, tax and gratuity, and admission to all sites. For single occupancy please add $100. Note: Fee does not include alcoholic beverages.
SPACES STILL AVAILABLE
Saranac Lake: Pioneer Health Resort
Friday, September 12, 2014
Fort Ticonderoga: Behind the Scenes
Thursday, September 18, 2014
We are partnering with Fort Ticonderoga to present this exclusive opportunity to experience the Fort like you’ve never seen it before. This tour will offer a rare look inside the building where the preservation of Fort Ticonderoga began and learn about the exciting new research that is challenging long-held assumptions about the building’s past. Considered one of the first preservation efforts in America, Fort Ticonderoga is the story of strategic military significance in the 18th century, landmark preservation and tourism in the 19th century, and monumental restoration in the 20th century. You’ll see remarkably preserved evidence of the Fort’s original structures and catch a glimpse at some of the systems that keep the Fort running today. We’ll also visit the Thompson-Pell Research Center and view documents and photos pertaining to the history of the Fort and Pavilion.
Guides for the day will be Beth Hill, President and CEO, and Christopher Fox, Curator of Collections. The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. The fee is $55 for AARCH members $65 for non-members. Lunch is included.
Friday, September 19, 2014