In the late 1960s and 70s, droves of mostly young Americans went “back to the land” to create a simpler life that was characterized by growing one’s own food, building simple handmade houses, and living off the grid. The buildings they created are particularly interesting and imaginative. Some used recycled materials, while others built houses of straw bales or cordwood construction, or built partially underground. This tour will take us to Murtagh Hill, an area of West Chazy, where more than a dozen families settled and enthusiastically embraced this lifestyle and these methods for building their homes. We will also tour a spectacular private residence in nearby Saranac.
Murtagh Hill is home to the premier cordwood masonry educational center, Earthwood Building School, run by Rob and Jaki Roy. Since 1981, the Roys have taught alternative, low cost methods of building, which we will tour, up close and personal. This tour will be led by Rob Roy and include a tour of Earthwood’s 12 buildings, including the round main house, guest houses, garage, sauna, book store and office. Enjoy lunch sitting in the monolithic stone circle before we caravan to Saranac to tour Ravenwood—a beautiful, energy-efficient, private cordwood home.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m.
FEE: $45 for members and $55 for non-members
Note: Rob and Jaki Roy are extending AARCH members a 20% discount on one of the many classes offered at the Earthwood Building School. Go to www.cordwoodmasonry.com for more information. Rob Roy’s new book Essential Cordwood Building will be available for purchase and signing during the tour.
This tour will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call AARCH offices (518-834-9328) or email us for availability.
All photos courtesy of Earthwood Building School