Adirondack Historic Sites


It's in our nature

Adirondack historic sites

We are known for our amazing Great Camps, but of course, our history didn't begin with the popularization of these Camps. From our first settlements to logging villages to mountain exploration, we have a long history. Historical societies and museums are located throughout the region which celebrate our history and create opportunities for visitors and residents alike to learn more about this unique area. These destinations are staffed by talented, welcoming volunteers and staff and love to share their knowledge with visitors of all ages. The outstanding Adirondack Experience, The Museum On Blue Mountain Lake is one of the gems of the region and makes for a great first stop.


Known as the "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks," the ADKX's extensive campus is the beloved repository of some of the Adirondacks' most cherished stories, offering exhibits, interactive displays, events, and workshops throughout the year. Historic artifacts and even entire structures are preserved here for all to appreciate for generations.

Great Camps today

Hamilton County is fortunate to have been part of the early history of vacationing in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Great Camp tradition began in the late 19th century soon after the publication of William H. H. Murray's Adventures in the Wilderness in 1869. This highly popular book was an account of Murray's various camping, hunting, and fishing trips in the Adirondack wilderness. Murray's book put the Adirondack Mountains and Hamilton County on the map as a tourist destination, inspiring men and women from cities downstate to "vacate" the city in the summer. Grand hotels were soon built and the rich and famous from around the world were soon spending their summers here, building luxuriously rustic summer compounds.


Find out more about our Great Camp History and the stories of the people who played a role in this rich history.

Speculator Lake Pleasant Historical Society...
2885 Route 8
Box 103
ALL ABOARD! The best way to enjoy beautiful...
254 Antlers Road
Raquette Lake
History of Indian Lake & people who lived...
6355 State Route 30
Indian Lake
Welcome to Great Camp Sagamore in the...
Sagamore Road
Raquette Lake
Three years running, The Wild Center was...
45 Museum Drive
Tupper Lake
Open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday,...
149 Route 28
New Season, New Experiences The renamed...
9097 Route 30
Blue Mountain Lake
The historic Makomis fire tower has been...
State Route 30
Off South Shore Road in Lake Pleasant, a...

The Fulton Chain History (Herrstory Publications)

PO Box 664
(315) 357-2186

Goodsell Museum - Town of Webb Historical Association

2993 Route 28
Old Forge
(315) 369-3838

Adirondack - Sacandaga River Sculpture Park

New York State Route 30 -South Main Street
(518) 774-6641

Piseco Lake Historical Society

155 Old Piseco Road

Wells NY Historical Society, Inc.

(585) 261-1872

Piseco Celebration: Northville-Placid Trail 100 Anniversary

Aug 24, 2024
Northville- Placid Trail 100 Anniversary Join us in celebrating this historic event! When:...
Aug 24, 2024

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