Historic Sites

Step into the past and tour Gilded Age Great Camps, watch military reenactments and journey along historic railways.
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The history of the Adirondacks is as diverse as its geography. A battleground through three wars, the turf of loggers and miners, the vacation destination of Gilded Age magnates and home to two Winter Olympic Games, the depth and breadth of the region's heritage is only matched by its glorious scenery.

You'll find forts, museums, historic homes and "Great Camps," excursion railroads and even sunken wrecks in the Adirondacks. Events ranging from Woodsmen's Field Days to the No-Octane Regatta to a French and Indian War Encampment bring history to life.

Heritage Guide

Early settlement and the development of industry and commerce started along the waterfront where the Saranac River enters Lake Champlain. The walking tour covers this historic district, passing...
Learn about the Battle of Plattsburgh through displays, a detailed scale model representation, a replica model of the American flagship Saratoga, era military dress and prints portraying the Battle....
The first dam at Anderson Falls on the AuSable River was built in 1808 to power a sawmill. Since that time, and throughout the 1800s, industry continued to take advantage of the AuSable's water power...
The Clinton County Historical Society oversees preservation of the lighthouse and offers tours, call 518-561-0340 for information. The waters off Valcour Island were the site of a pivotal naval...
Appropriately enough, the historic home now occupied by the museum was also used by the British during the Battle of Plattsburgh in 1814. The exhibits cover 300 years of the area's history including...
Daily sightseeing cruises on Lake Champlain featuring historic narration about the battles of Valcour (1776) and Plattsburgh (1814) as well as other sites of interest along the lakeshore.
Take a self-guided walking tour of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, in active use from 1815 to 1995, viewing its many historic structures and the picturesque grounds. A paved recreation trail...
Ausable Chasm, circa 1870, is one of the first natural attractions opened commercially in the United States. Its spectacular scenery continues to interest people of all ages. Geological history is...
The Federal-style Kent-DeLord House, built in 1797, is one of Plattsburgh's oldest structures and was home to the DeLord family from 1810 to 1913. During the War of 1812 British officers commandeered...
The Independence Cemetery contains a large monument erected in 1888 to honor the Civil War Soldiers of Saranac. Five men from the 16th NY aided in capturing John Wilkes Booth. Each of the four sides...
Alice T. Miner began collecting in 1911; the custom-designed stone mansion opened as a museum in 1924. The colonial collection fills three floors with period furniture, china, glassware, porcelain,...
Seventeen Ausable River bridges are listed on the National Register, the first such group listing in New York State. Crossing the River: Historic Bridges of the AuSable River is an excellent guide...
A unique museum packed with more than 3,000 artifacts with an emphasis on the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy Mohawks, Oneidas, Senecas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Tuscaroras. The fine historic...
Almanzo Wilder, who later married author Laura Ingalls famous for her Little House Book series, spent his childhood on this homestead. The story line for Farmer Boy, the second in the series, was...
The self-guided walking and driving tours of Malone include a number of historic churches and many fine homes featuring Greek Revival and Victorian-style architecture. The beautifully restored homes...
Malone has many beautiful old homes that stand as a testament to its history as a center of commerce and transportation. The historical society's collection is housed in an Italianate mansion with...
Erected in 1905 by Russian Jewish immigrants, Beth Joseph was the first synagogue built in the Adirondacks and from 1910 to 1924 it served 36 families. The synagogue has been restored and now offers...
White Pine Camp, a classic Adirondack Great Camp, served as the 1926 summer White House for President Calvin Coolidge. Each building in the Great Camp complex is architecturally and functionally...
Akwesasne is a Mohawk community that pre-dates the formation of the United States and Canada. The museum exhibits portray the continuing culture of the Akwesasne Mohawk people. Over 3,000 artifacts...
The pathway is a wetland walkway with a boardwalk which enables the physically challenged to take a walk' in the woods. The route traverses a variety of habitats and three types of wetlands....
Sabael Benedict, a Penobscot Indian from Maine, was the first permanent settler to the area, arriving around 1762. His descendents continue to live in the area. The museum is housed in one of Indian...
Scenic excursions aboard the W.W. Durant, an enclosed replica of a 19th-century steamboat, offer historic narration and fine views of Raquette Lake's numerous Great Camps. Moonlight and history...
Sagamore, a vintage Great Camp and National Historic Landmark, was built by noted Great Camp architect, W. W. Durant in 1897. It was used as a summer retreat for over 50 years by the Alfred...
The Methodist Episcopal Church now houses a local history museum with many old photographs of people and the locale, family histories and memorabilia. Special annual exhibits.Open: July-Aug, Sat...
The Adirondack Museum is an internationally acclaimed regional museum dedicated to the history, culture and appreciation of the Adirondacks. Indoor and outdoor exhibit areas cover themes such as...
Scenic boat tour accompanied by historic narration on Blue Mountain Lake and the Eckford Chain of Lakes aboard two vintage 1916 wooden launches, the Neenykin and the Osprey. Accommodates 18 or fewer...
The pre-Civil War Riley House, which dates back to the once thriving tannery and sawmill industry found in the Piseco Lake area, is now home to a local history collection. Artifacts and photographs...
Discover local history in this 1880s parsonage with rooms full of period furniture and artifacts, a medical collection, an old-fashioned kitchen, and displays about local talc mining and marble...
Former slave Isaac Johnson built the Town Hall in 1884. It features a 60-foot tower and still houses the village's jail. The self-guided walking tour includes homes, churches and commercial buildings...
The heart of the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project is the Robert Moses-Robert H. Saunders Power Dam which first generated power in 1958. It is one of North America's largest-and most economical-power...
Take a self-guided tour of Main Street, Symond Square and Riverside Drive, including the cobblestone 1913 Hepburn Library; the Episcopal Church constructed with Potsdam sandstone circa 1883; and the...
New York State Governor Silas Wright settled in Canton in 1819. He served in the Senate and House of Representatives and was influential enough to have his portrait appear on the $50 bill back when...
The large collection of local buildings handcrafted in the early 1900s by Rob T. Elethorpe--including replicas of two churches, a barn and farmhouse--is one of the unique features of this local...
Browse through the local history displays in a historic home filled with an interesting array of objects; military artifacts, old maps, a vintage kitchen, folk art, Victorian furniture and clocks,...
From the Dwight D. Eisenhower Lock Viewing Deck and Interpretive Center you can watch huge tankers and ships being lifted or lowered 42 feet in the lock chamber. A parking area on the north side of...
The tour covers 50 sites in approximately two miles of walking. One of the first places you'll see is the Canton Village Park Historic District which includes 21 buildings. The tour begins at the...
Artifacts from Norfolk area, a military exhibit, genealogical information.Open: YR, Tue/Thur, 2:30-5pm. Free.
Best known for his bronze sculptures and paintings of frontier life, the world-renowned artist Frederic Remington also produced a number of works depicting life in the North Country. He was born in...
View memorabilia and photographs, a re-created blacksmith shop, ice house, an antique car collection and a Civil War military display--Morristown sent 201 soldiers to the Civil War. The Morristown...
TAUNY celebrates the customs and creativity of everyday life in Northern New York. Its goal is to document and preserve the rich living heritage of customs and folk arts. The gallery and arts store...
The Burnap Collection of English Ceramics contains over 200 pieces and there are Chinese textiles, fine Sheraton furniture, photographs, artifacts, and local history exhibits. Changing exhibits....
Sunday Rock, a glacial erratic, was used by Indians and early settlers as a landmark when traveling into the mountains. In the early days of settlement it marked the boundary of organized law...
Massena first sprang to life as a spa-town; up to 50 hotels flourished as health-seeking tourists came to soak in local mineral-rich waters. Industrial growth followed. The local history collection...
Railroad artifact collection located in the Lowville and Beaver River Depot in Croghan. Special Events: Steam engine operation.Open: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Fri-Sat, 9am-5pm. Free.
Constable Hall was built in 1819 and has been lived in by five generations of the Constables until 1947 when the estate was sold. The stone mansion, which is patterned after a family-owned estate in...
The rousing art of fiddling is preserved at this unique museum which includes displays of fiddling artifacts, photographs and the Fiddlers Hall of Fame. The resource library houses fiddle tunes,...
Learn about the history and evolution of the North American maple syrup industry. Exhibits feature early syrup-making techniques and equipment, containers and sugar molds, a sugar house replica, and...
Three generations of the Moser family, who first arrived here in the early 1800s from Alsace-Lorraine, France, have lived in this farmstead. An array of farm buildings feature displays of artifacts,...
Charlotte Pruyn Hyde intended for her home to be a showcase for paintings, tapestries, sculpture, rare books, furniture, and other artifacts. The Hyde family collection has become a world-class...
Learn about the history of the Chestertown and Pottersville areas through displays, photographs and antique artifacts. Guided tours available.Open: July-Labor Day, Tue-Fri, 10am-3pm. Free.
In 1877 Mme. Sembrich made her operatic debut in Athens at the age of 19 and quickly became one of the world's greatest opera singers. She was Europe's premier soprano during most of her early career...
Three sites in Lake George are available for exploration: The Sunken Fleet of 1758; the 1906 motor-launch Forward; and the radeau, Land Tortoise, a 1758 floating gun battery which is listed on the...
Explore the Warrensburg Historic District which includes 428 historic properties and is the largest district north of Saratoga. The walking tour details can be found in the free booklet An...
The Warren County Historical Society is a venue for rotating exhibits, research and special events. It is open to the public, year round. The Society was chartered in 1997 by the New York Education...
The 200-mile loop tour around Lake George from Ticonderoga to Saratoga Springs and back passes scores of 17th to 20th century military sites. The map is in a booklet to make it easy to find all the...
The simple white home, once used by tannery workers, is now the site of a local history collection which includes several rooms of furniture and decorative arts such as quilts from the 1880s and a...
History of life and industry in Stony Creek.Open: July-Aug, Sun, 1-4pm. Free.
The Barton Garnet Mines, first established in 1878, is one of the world's largest garnet deposits. Take the garnet mine tour and learn about the history, geology, and present day operations of the...
Fort William Henry, named after the brother of King George, was a log-and-earth stockade built in 1755 during the French and Indian War. Colonial defenders held off the French for two long years...
The canal's original purpose was to carry water from the Hudson River to the Old Champlain Canal (circa 1822) guaranteeing adequate water at its summit. In 1832, the canal was widened and deepened to...
Lake George Shoreline cruise 2 Kurosaka Lane, Lake George. 518-668-4644. May-Oct. Admission Fee. www.lakegeorgeshoreline.com Narrated day and evening sightseeing and entertainment cruises aboard five...
See the history of the Lake George area as depicted in the stained glass windows of Sacred Heart Church. The windows tell the story of Fr. Isaac Jogues, a missionary and the first European to see...
The extensive park, near Fort William Henry and across Beach Road from Lake George's Million Dollar Beach, was the site of the Battle of Lake George which took place on September 8, 1755 during the...
Generations of children attended first through eighth grades from 1865 to 1937 in this small, one-room schoolhouse. The simple furnishings, desks, books and other learning materials that remain...
A permanent exhibit outlines regional events relating to the issue of slavery and local participation in the Underground Railroad. Changing exhibits.Open: YR, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun, by...
Narrated one-to four-hour scenic cruises aboard classic ships: the 1907 M/V Mohican; the SS Minne-Ha-Ha, an authentic steamboat paddlewheeler; and the 190-foot Lac du Saint Sacrement, a reproduction...
Turn-of-the-century Warrensburg was a thriving mill town; remains of the water-powered mills can still be seen along the Schroon River. The museum features many photographs from this era as well as...
The 1890 Blessed Sacrament Church is the repository for the local history collection which includes an extensive collection of regional artifacts and memorabilia. The photographs and exhibits feature...
Lake George, and its vicinity, is rich in historical fact and legends. Here were fought some of the most important battles during the making of our country. The tour brochure provides maps and...
Enter the DeLong House and step back in time to the Victorian-era as you wander through five period rooms restored to the tastes of 1860-1910. The museum owns a vast collection of images by Seneca...
Board from the restored platforms of the historic North Creek Depot and enjoy beautiful scenery as the train travels beside the Hudson River to the refurbished train station at Riverside. The two-...
The 1880s Victorian home features period rooms, a vintage clothing collection, over 1000 photos of the Lake Luzerne area, local history exhibits and reference material for genealogical studies. Gift...
This new interpretive center features exhibits which recount the military and maritime history of Lake George from the earliest Native American presence through the end of the 18th century. On site...
Local history museum housed in a nine-room farmhouse built during the 1800s. Pioneer home life is presented through a collection of antique clothing, furniture, china, quilts, dolls and old photo...
The Center for Folklife, History, and Cultural Programs preserves and presents the living and historical cultural heritage of the upper Hudson Valley and southern Adirondacks. The research archives...
A picturesque riverside Mill Park is the setting for this restored building which was one of the first pulp mills in America. Exhibits include historic photographs, paper-making history, the grinding...
The old Warren County Courthouse, complete with 19th century courtrooms and jail cells, is the setting for this local history museum. The handsome brick and stone structure, listed on the National...
Narrated tours of Lake George aboard the small luxury cruise boat Morgan, a 72-foot replica of 19th century wooden touring vessel. Lunch and dinner cruises.Open: June-July. Admission Fee.
The Depot Museum features exhibits on local history, skiing, the Adirondacks and Teddy Roosevelt who received a telegram here informing him of President McKinley's death on the morning of September...
The Adsit Log Cabin is reputed to be one of the oldest surviving log cabins in its original location in the United States. The carefully preserved and restored log cabin was built in 1778 by pioneer...
Museum featuring over 100 pieces created by master taxidermist Charles Dickert. Blue herons, bobcats, raccoons, white-tail deer, plus many other native species. The library also houses an extensive...
Built in 1755 by the French, who named it Carillon, Fort Ticonderoga has played a strategic and critical role in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. The greatest French victory of...
Known as the "Birthplace of the Electric Age," the hamlet of Ironville is the site of the first industrial application of electricity in the U.S. View a replica of the large electro magnet, now...
Step back in time to the era when grand hotels and summer camps lined the shores of Schroon and Paradox lakes and steamboats plied the waters. The post-Civil War home contains displays of vintage...
One-hour scenic cruise with narration about local history, folklore and legends. Admission Fee.
Elizabethtown's original central school provides ample space for a large collection of artifacts from over 200 years of Essex County history and culture. The exhibits cover early farming and frontier...
The French and the British both built forts at this strategic location on Lake Champlain. In 1734, the French built Fort St. Frederic, a huge four-story stone octagon--the walls were 12 feet thick...
The Georgian-style Hancock House, an exact replica of Thomas Hancock's (John Hancock's uncle) former Beacon Hill home in Boston, was built as a home for the New York Historical Association. The...
The former Methodist Church houses a small local history museum collection which features prints and explanations of watercolors painted by Winslow Homer at the nearby North Woods Club.Open: Summer...
Saranac Lake's Union Depot was built in 1904 by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, consolidating the passenger operations of the Chateaugay Railroad from the east, and the New York Central Railroad...
Ticonderoga history is inexorably linked to paper, mills, graphite mining and pencils. The museum is housed in the former main office of International Paper Company, the area's largest industry and...
Experience everyday life on a working 1812 farmstead. Maple trees are tapped to collect maple syrup and children can visit a one-room schoolhouse and even help with candlemaking, cooking at an open...
Over 45 buildings make up the entire complex which encompasses 12,900-acres--few other Adirondack Great Camps feature as many buildings and property, and offer such outstanding examples of rustic...
Saranac Lake is best known for its Cure Cottages, which were created in the 1880s, when the area became a major tuberculosis treatment center. Patients took the fresh-air cure for tuberculosis on the...
Historic train stations at Saranac Lake (1904) and Lake Placid (1903) are the departure points for scenic 20-mile round-trip excursions that run between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Spring, summer...
Railroad and mining history exhibits are presented by the Town of Moriah Historical Society in a restored carriage house at the former Witherbee-Sherman and Company mining headquarters. The museum...
Scenic two-hour narrated historical tours on Lake Champlain aboard the Philomena D, a converted 1948 50-foot Chesapeake fishing boat. Optional stop at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Basin...
The 1903 Lake Placid train station now serves as a local history museum featuring memorabilia from the 1932 Olympic Winter Games and the Lake Placid Club, early sporting equipment, historic...
From the top of Upper Saranac to the east end of Lower Saranac is a 17.5-mile waterway with only one half-mile carry. There are several leantos and many campsites along the shore and on islands. A...
The automobile was a relatively new concept in the 1920's when locals first lobbied for the mountain-top highway which was to become the Whteface Mountain Veterans' Memorial Highway. Then - Govenor...
The entire village of Essex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Essex is full of well-preserved 19th century brick and stone homes, churches, inns and shops replete with carefully...
The 1853 cut-stone Greek Revival mansion, surrounded by scenic grounds and gardens, overlooks Lake Champlain. The 18-inch-thick stones used in the mansion were quarried in nearby Willsboro, the same...
The Champlain II, launched in 1868, was first used to ferry railroad cars from Burlington to Plattsburgh; in 1874 it was converted into a passenger vessel. The 244-foot steamer ran aground on the...
Explore Port Henry's historic downtown and learn about Moriah's industrial legacy on A Walk Through History, a self-guided walking tour. The architectural walking tour section of the brochure...
Over 700 Comic/Editorial Cartoons, Special Exhibits: Thomas Nast, Gibson, Norman Rockwell, Daumier, Disney, etc. . Cartoon Classes-Youth, Adults, Lectures offered (your location), Noted Cartoonist...
The renowned author of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stayed in this cottage during the winter of 1887-88, hoping to recover from tuberculosis. Despite his disease,...
Westport first gives the impression of a Victorian summer resort but you'll also see architecture from the 1700s and early 1800s. Beautifully situated on Lake Champlain, the village boasts 41...
In 1849, John Brown moved to the North Country to help freeborn blacks who wanted to homestead but the rugged Adirondack farming conditions and harsh weather made this all but impossible. Their...
Capture the excitement of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games in the official Olympic museum which features video clips, uniforms, equipment, medals, flags, a bobsled simulator, athlete profiles...
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