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Great Camps Tourism

Posted on: May 6th, 2019 4 Comments

By Virginia Siskavich. One of the questions we get asked most often over the busy summer tourism season is “Which Great Camps can I visit?”  Visitors are often dismayed to hear that there are only three Great Camps regularly open to the public — Camp Sagamore near Raquette Lake, Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, and White […]


Isaac Johnson: Stone Mason & Freedom Seeker

Posted on: February 13th, 2019 14 Comments

By Nolan Cool. February is Black History Month. Even though Black History is well-entrenched enough in American history beyond the scope of a single month, February is a time to contemplate, reflect on, and celebrate the accomplishments and crucial role African Americans played in building the United States. As we work to finalize our summer […]


So, What Is Public History?

Posted on: September 4th, 2018 No Comments

By Nolan Cool. “So…what is public history?” Folks attending Adirondack Architectural Heritage’s day-long tours ask me this all the time. My sarcastic answer is “it’s the opposite of private history,” followed by a more serious explanation that public history is applied history out in the world. A still unsatisfied, confused look prompts me to further […]


Finding True North

Posted on: July 6th, 2018 No Comments

By Fran Yardley. 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 […]


Cordwood Masonry and the Earth Friendly Home

Posted on: April 5th, 2018 No Comments

By Rob Roy. On Saturday, May 12, 2018 AARCH will kick off its summer tour season with “Cordwood Building School and Private House Tour”.  We’ll be lead by cordwood masonry experts Rob and Jaki Roy, founders of the Earthwood Building School in West Chazy.  Rob has graciously shared with us the first chapter to his […]


Pleasant Surprises on Culvert Street

Posted on: March 15th, 2018 No Comments

By Darren Tracy. We bring you the third and fourth installments of Darren Tracy’s blog from the fall as he and his team worked to stabilize the Dr. Ferguson Office in Glens Falls.  We look forward to more progress and updates from Darren and his team when we can see the ground again! ~AARCH Blog […]


The Fun is About to Begin

Posted on: February 2nd, 2018 3 Comments

By Darren Tracy. Dr. Ferguson’s Office Restoration Blog#1  10.29.17 Restoration timeline: 10/6/17 – Learn of plans to possibly demolish 5 Culvert Street from AARCH (Adirondack Architectural Heritage) email. 10/10/17 – Contact Mayor Diamond asking if the demolition is a done deal, or if the City would entertain an offer to purchase. The mayor acknowledged that […]


Discovering The Adirondacks in Washington Park

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 No Comments

By Tom Riley. In October 2016, AARCH ventured outside the Blue Line to tour Albany Rural and Oakwood Cemeteries.  One of the big draws, besides the elaborate and extensive architecturally significant buildings on both grounds, was that so many people connected to the Adirondacks are buried there.  This list includes Governor Marcy, geologist Ebenezer Emmons, […]


How I Got to Lake Kora

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 No Comments

By Ed Hodges. On a plane in the late eighties I read an article about a glorious rustic hotel in an amazing setting, on a lake with mountain and valley views and a turn of the century golf course. Departing the plane, I neglected to take the magazine and promptly forgot the name, but the […]


Every Community Needs a Beating Heart

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 1 Comment

There is overwhelming evidence that the most successful communities—with thriving economies, healthy schools and social and cultural institutions—are those that embrace their own history and preserve their historic buildings. Good jobs, protection of natural resources, and good leadership are perhaps even more important. Historic preservation is a critical element in the revitalization of struggling communities […]