LAKE PLACID - Great camps are a big part of the legacy of the Adirondacks and Essex County is the home to one of the oldest and largest of the early great camps - Camp Santanoni located in the town of Newcomb.
Now, thanks to the Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), a private nonprofit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack region, there is a new guide to the historic camp. The recently released 52-page full-color guide "Visitor's Guide to Camp Santanoni" was written by Charlotte Barrett, who was a summer staff person at Santanoni in 2012. In writing the guide she drew upon the book Santanoni: From Japanese Temple to Life at an Adirondack Great Camp by Rob Engel, Howie Kirschenbaum and Paul Malo as well as from new research she conducted over the past year.
Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark and owned by New York State, was built for the Robert and Anna Pruyn in the late 19th Century and consisted of four dozen buildings, including a working farm, on 12,900 acres of land. This interpretive guide walks visitors through Santanoni's rich history and includes several detailed maps and more than seventy historic images. The guide also helps to describe the magic of Santanoni.
"What almost everyone recalls [of Camp Santanoni] is something less tangible, born of Santanoni's wild and magical setting on Newcomb Lake, surrounded by deep woods and mountains. It is a reminder that, yes, there is a way for humans and nature to be in balance," said Steven Engelhart, executive director Adirondack Architectural Heritage in a press release.
The production of the guide was made possible with support from the Town of Newcomb, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.
Camp Santanoni is open to the public year-round, 365 days/year, and is accessible (depending on the season) on foot, by bicycle, on cross-country skis, and via a horse-drawn wagon.
The guide costs $3.95 and is available at Camp Santanoni, through AARCH, and at many regional bookstores. For more information on the guide or visiting Santanoni, contact AARCH at 518-834-9328.