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RAQUETTE LAKE, NEW YORK

America's Treasures: Three Adirondack Great Camps of the Gilded Age

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Elevation Note
Sagamore is at 1900 feet.

Itinerary for Sep 3 — Sep 8, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. A National Historic Landmark, its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which many National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Po Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.greatcampsagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic, and steps away from views of beautiful Sagamore lake or its bucolic outlet stream. We do not have telephones or televisions in any rooms. Internet access is available in our common Reading Room for those with laptop computers.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. We also recommend a trip to the Adirondack Museum, sometimes referred to as the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” or a visit to the Wild Center, the natural history museum of the Adirondack region. Those interested in the arts might also visit the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, or the new Old Forge Arts Center, named View. Great Camp Sagamore is located on Sagamore Lake, with an established swim area in season. Two of the lodges have a lounge area with working fireplaces. There is also an outdoor campfire area at our lean-to.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared and in the hall. Some have claw foot tubs instead of showers. Sagamore has a limited number of private baths available for an additional charge.

Additional nights before: $99 per person per night
Pre- or post-program overnights are possible for $99/person/night, based on availability, and include dinner and breakfast. Must call in advance to arrange.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, September 03 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner,...
Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation, Introduction to Sagamore

Afternoon: CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

Dinner: The chef will carefully prepare buffet meals provided in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Dinners typically include selections such as: a hot entry, like creamed chicken over biscuits, veggie lasagna, pot roast, spaghetti/meat balls, roasted turkey, stuffed pork loin, or ham; salads, along with several dressing choices; potatoes, rice or pasta; a vegetable choice; bread or rolls; milk or juice. Coffee & tea are always available Note: Sagamore's buffet line is bountiful and varied. If you do not think that you can choose the foods you need for your special diet from the buffet, please supplement with your own that may be stored for your convenience in our walk-in cooler and/or cooked in an available microwave. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Sagamore's water is pure and delicious. Please do not bring bottled water.

Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner, you'll have an informative overview of the program plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

PRESENTATION: Great Camp Sagamore's history, programs, and preservation.

Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks is the steward of Great Camp Sagamore and is dedicated to its use for education and interpretation. Our mission is to foster understanding, care, and respect for nature, people, and their critical interdependence. Great Camp Sagamore strives to be a place where broad and diverse audiences gather to use these unique buildings and natural setting to explore and understand Adirondack culture, the region's natural environment, and our relationship to both.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. A National Historic Landmark, its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which many National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Po Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.greatcampsagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic, and steps away from views of beautiful Sagamore lake or its bucolic outlet stream. We do not have telephones or televisions in any rooms. Internet access is available in our common Reading Room for those with laptop computers.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. We also recommend a trip to the Adirondack Museum, sometimes referred to as the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” or a visit to the Wild Center, the natural history museum of the Adirondack region. Those interested in the arts might also visit the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, or the new Old Forge Arts Center, named View. Great Camp Sagamore is located on Sagamore Lake, with an established swim area in season. Two of the lodges have a lounge area with working fireplaces. There is also an outdoor campfire area at our lean-to.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared and in the hall. Some have claw foot tubs instead of showers. Sagamore has a limited number of private baths available for an additional charge.

Additional nights before: $99 per person per night
Pre- or post-program overnights are possible for $99/person/night, based on availability, and include dinner and breakfast. Must call in advance to arrange.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, September 04 - Raquette Lake Natural and Human History, The Grea...
Raquette Lake Natural and Human History, The Great Camp Phenomenon, Adirondack Geology

Breakfast: All breakfasts are served in the Vanderbilt dining hall, with lovely views of the sun rising over the mountains of the Blue Ridge Wilderness. Breakfast choices typically include selections such as: one hot entry, like blueberry pancakes, egg strata, french toast, or scrambled eggs; hot & cold cereal & milk; a variety of donuts, bagels & pastries; and several juices. Coffee, tea, and very pure Sagamore water are always available to guests.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Raquette Lake History and the Great Camp Phenomenon. Enjoy an illustrated slideshow presentation providing an overview of local natural and human history.

The source of the Raquette River, Raquette Lake has 99 miles of wooded shoreline, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks. Dotted here and there with small towns, 80% of the shoreline is owned by the State of New York and “Forever Wild” by law. It was here in 1877 that designer, developer, and entrepreneur William West Durant began work on what would become the first of the so-called “great camps” with a distinctive architectural style, Camp Pine Knot. Elements of the style include log and native stonework construction, decorative rustic items, and a compound of separated structures. Raquette Lake then began to develop into one of the most prestigious summer getaways for the elite. The two other extraordinary estates showcasing Durant’s vision are the Vanderbilt's Sagamore and J.P. Morgan's Uncas. Today, all three are designated National Historic Landmarks.

FIELD TRIP: Following the presentation, we'll have a walking field trip through the self-sufficient workers’ complex at Sagamore, where generations of local families lived and worked to support the lavish lifestyle of the owners and guests, and where they created crafts that became synonymous with Adirondack regional culture. The functional architecture for the worker’s complex is red board-and-batten structures, very different from the Vanderbilt guest buildings.

Lunch: Lunch in the Sagamore dining hall. Lunches typically include selections such as: sandwich meats, cheeses, breads and condiments: a hot entree like macaroni & cheese or soup; various salads, like cole slaw or potato salad; cookies or granola bars; a variety of fresh fruits; milk and a variety of juices or lemonade. Coffee, tea, Sagamore water are always available.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Adirondack “great camps” are to camps as Newport mansions are to cottages. Newport in the Gilded Age was the way the ultra-rich went to the beach. Great Camps were the way they went to the woods. with all the luxuries of luxurious homes in buildings that used rustic, native materials to provide the illusion of “roughing it.”

You'll get an in-depth look at the camp of the gentry -- the owners' and guest buildings of the main complex, ranging from the stately-but-rustic Main Lodge and private “boys' club” Wigwam to the whimsical Casino/Playhouse, complete with its own bowling alley -- all of which are situated on a peninsula overlooking Sagamore Lake.

Dinner: Dinner in Sagamore dining hall.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Introduction to the Geology of the Adirondacks and its influence on Great Camp Sagamore.

Historically, the Adirondacks were sought after by Gilded Age businessmen for their minerals, such as as iron and garnet, and for their alpine lakes, both products of the region's unique geology. Today, the Adirondack Mountains are well-known among professional geologists, “rock hounds”, and many recreational visitors as a major showcase for a large variety of rocks, minerals, and rock structures. It has been described as a “window” to the once magnificent Grenville Mountain Range, a Himalayan-magnitude edifice that over a billion years ago stretched from present-day Scandinavia to Antarctica. Sagamore is located in a particularly hot and high-pressure (deeply buried) part of the range as can be determined by close study of the local granite gneiss bedrock. This camp, like all parts of the Adirondacks, also shows evidence for the glaciation event that climaxed about twelve to eight thousand years ago, producing many of the pebbles, cobbles and boulders strewn about the grounds. Some of these rocks were later incorporated into building structures, particularly the roadways and paths, foundations and fireplaces. We will explore how the geology of this area has influenced local culture and history, as well as specific aspects of Sagamore.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. A National Historic Landmark, its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which many National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Po Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.greatcampsagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic, and steps away from views of beautiful Sagamore lake or its bucolic outlet stream. We do not have telephones or televisions in any rooms. Internet access is available in our common Reading Room for those with laptop computers.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. We also recommend a trip to the Adirondack Museum, sometimes referred to as the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” or a visit to the Wild Center, the natural history museum of the Adirondack region. Those interested in the arts might also visit the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, or the new Old Forge Arts Center, named View. Great Camp Sagamore is located on Sagamore Lake, with an established swim area in season. Two of the lodges have a lounge area with working fireplaces. There is also an outdoor campfire area at our lean-to.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared and in the hall. Some have claw foot tubs instead of showers. Sagamore has a limited number of private baths available for an additional charge.

Additional nights before: $99 per person per night
Pre- or post-program overnights are possible for $99/person/night, based on availability, and include dinner and breakfast. Must call in advance to arrange.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, September 05 - Sagamore Lake Hiking or Canoeing Field Trip, Orig...
Sagamore Lake Hiking or Canoeing Field Trip, Origins of the Great Camps, Evening Entertainment

Breakfast: Breakfast in Sagamore dining hall

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Weather-permitting, choose one of two fields trips: 1) Take a field trip by canoe around 180-acre Sagamore Lake. Located on the edge of the 40,000-acre Blue Ridge Wilderness area, the remote lake is the top of the Raquette River watershed, eventually ending in the St. Lawrence River. A staff naturalist will introduce you to local geography, flora, fauna, and human impact on the lake; 2) Take a hike around Sagamore Lake on some of the old carriage roads that are now wilderness hiking trails. We'll hike out to the old farm meadow, milking barn, and sugar shack, all of which is now is slowly recovering its wild character as part of the "forever wild" Forest Preserve.

Lunch: Lunch in Sagamore's dining hall.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Origins of the Great Camps.

Examine the economic philosophy and cultural impulses that led to what we now refer to as Adirondack Great Camps. This will be followed by a Q & A session led by an expert on the history and architecture of the region.

Dinner: Dinner in Sagamore dining hall.

Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Tonight, prepare to be entertained by an authentic Adirondack folklorist who will sing songs about life in the North Country and tell charming stories -- some of which may even be true!

After that, you might be beckoned by a jigsaw puzzle or board game -- carrying on the illusion of "roughing it" in the wilderness. Or go outside and experience the quiet sounds of the night and the beauty of glittering stars.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. A National Historic Landmark, its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which many National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Po Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.greatcampsagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic, and steps away from views of beautiful Sagamore lake or its bucolic outlet stream. We do not have telephones or televisions in any rooms. Internet access is available in our common Reading Room for those with laptop computers.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. We also recommend a trip to the Adirondack Museum, sometimes referred to as the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” or a visit to the Wild Center, the natural history museum of the Adirondack region. Those interested in the arts might also visit the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, or the new Old Forge Arts Center, named View. Great Camp Sagamore is located on Sagamore Lake, with an established swim area in season. Two of the lodges have a lounge area with working fireplaces. There is also an outdoor campfire area at our lean-to.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared and in the hall. Some have claw foot tubs instead of showers. Sagamore has a limited number of private baths available for an additional charge.

Additional nights before: $99 per person per night
Pre- or post-program overnights are possible for $99/person/night, based on availability, and include dinner and breakfast. Must call in advance to arrange.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Friday, September 06 - Notable Visitors to Sagamore, Free Afternoon, Wor...
Notable Visitors to Sagamore, Free Afternoon, Worker Oral History, Ring Around the Campfire

Breakfast: Breakfast in Sagamore dining hall.

Morning: DISCUSSION: We will be discussing the life and accomplishments of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, the great-grandfather of Alfred who bought Sagamore from William West Durant. The first of the great industrial tycoons, Cornelius was a man of varied talents and unusual character, whose exploits led him to be both revered and reviled by the American public. More specifically, we'll focus on "The First Tycoon," T.J. Stiles authoritative biography of the Commodore. This session will be continued tomorrow night, when we examine some cultural criticism of the Gilded Age, seen through the literature of the period, specifically the Mark Twain novel of the same name.

Lunch: At breakfast, we will pack lunches for all guests, in order to accommodate those who would like to spend their afternoon out of camp. Typical spreads consist of cold cuts, chips, fresh fruit, yogurt, cookies and drinks.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Spend the afternoon as you like. Visit the world-class Adirondack Museum in nearby Blue Mountain Lake, or the recently-constructed Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Take a dip in Sagamore Lake, paddle in a classic restored canoe, hike some of the 20 miles of trails, play croquet on Sagamore's lawn, or just relax with a good book in one of our Adirondack chairs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended.

Dinner: Dinner in Sagamore dining hall.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Wit, Wisdom and Work. This evening we'll enjoy a slide presentation that emerged from an oral history project conducted by a Sagamore staff member back in the 1980s when many of the camp's previous workers were still alive and happy to share their experiences of life at Sagamore.

The oral history project revealed the immense knowledge and close relationship to nature common to craftsmen who built the buildings and their furnishings at Great Camp Sagamore. For instance, the head caretaker's son helped nail bark to the exterior of a new building in 1914, but the bark was prone to cracking and the workers had to gradually learn by trial and error how to make it pliable. One of the carpenters was an expert in calculating log shrinkage when he built beds or tables using whole logs. In addition to utilizing local natural materials, workers also created things like drawings of local flora. The electrician's grandson sold drawings painted on shelf fungus to guests of the Vanderbilts. [Excerpted from “Doing History in the Adirondacks: Interpreting the Park, the People and the Landscape” by Maria F. Reynolds.] EXTRACURRICULAR: Ring Around the Campfire. Imagine yourself back in the day, sitting next to Jerome Kern or Richard Rodgers or Hoagy Carmichael as they worked through some of the songs that would become world famous! We'll sing some of those and more, so bring your stories, songs, or an instrument to play as we gather ’round the campfire at Sagamore's rustic lean-to. Makings for 'Smores provided!

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Sagamore’s authentic buildings dating from 1897 are situated on a peninsula jutting into pristine and picturesque Sagamore Lake. The Adirondack Forest Preserve surrounds the entire 27-building Sagamore estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. A National Historic Landmark, its wood and stone buildings are the vernacular rustic architecture on which many National Park lodges were modeled. Sagamore’s remote location removed from the normal hubbub will allow your full concentration on learning, the camaraderie of the people at hand, the extraordinary beauty of the land, and the history that envelops you.

Contact info:
Sagamore Road
Po Box 40
Raquette Lake, NY 13436 USA
phone: 315-354-5311
web: www.greatcampsagamore.org

Room amenities: All rooms are historic, and steps away from views of beautiful Sagamore lake or its bucolic outlet stream. We do not have telephones or televisions in any rooms. Internet access is available in our common Reading Room for those with laptop computers.

Facility amenities: As a guest at Sagamore, you will be accommodated in our historic buildings in (mostly) double occupancy rooms with twin beds and bathrooms, many with footed tubs, in the hallways. Most of our guests are housed in one of our three lodges each sleeping 20. There are no telephones in rooms, no cell service, and no TV so your relaxation is assured. Our chef will carefully prepare buffet meals from which you will make your selections. The buffet is served in our paneled dining room with splendid views of Sagamore Lake. Everyone is called to meals by the bell. One of the highlights of our dining experience is our excellent water. Please do not bring bottled water with you. You may purchase beer and wine to accompany your meal. The dining hall seats 84. During free time many of our guests enjoy our 20 miles of hiking trails, playing giant lawn games, and canoeing. Sagamore also recommends its history-based DVDs. Porch-sitting is also highly recommended. We also recommend a trip to the Adirondack Museum, sometimes referred to as the “Smithsonian of the Adirondacks,” or a visit to the Wild Center, the natural history museum of the Adirondack region. Those interested in the arts might also visit the Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, or the new Old Forge Arts Center, named View. Great Camp Sagamore is located on Sagamore Lake, with an established swim area in season. Two of the lodges have a lounge area with working fireplaces. There is also an outdoor campfire area at our lean-to.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathrooms are shared and in the hall. Some have claw foot tubs instead of showers. Sagamore has a limited number of private baths available for an additional charge.

Additional nights before: $99 per person per night
Pre- or post-program overnights are possible for $99/person/night, based on availability, and include dinner and breakfast. Must call in advance to arrange.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Saturday, September 07 - Tour of Camp Pine Knot, Raquette Lake Luncheon Cr...
Tour of Camp Pine Knot, Raquette Lake Luncheon Cruise, Gilded Age Scions, Scandals and Scallywags

Breakfast: Breakfast in Sagamore dining hall.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: After breakfast, we'll take a short trip to the nearby hamlet of Raquette Lake, where we'll board the W.W. Durant cruise boat, that will transport us to Camp Pine Knot. Completed by Durant around 1889, Pine Knot was described by scholar Alfred Donaldson as the "first of the artistic and luxurious camps" in his 1921 history of the Adirondack region. Today, the camp is owned and operated by the State University of New York -- Cortland, and used for a variety of education programs. Yet the camp retains many of its original design elements, including whole log slab siding, decorative twig railings and ornamental rustic decoration. Among the buildings we see: the Chalet at Pine Knot, about which Donaldson wrote: before it was built, there was nothing else like it . . . since then, despite infinite variations, there has been nothing essentially different from it;" the Recreation Center, with its scissor truss beams and whimsical rustic decor; the Barque of Pine Knot, a floating houseboat of sorts, which Durant's wife escaped to, in order to avoid the biting insects of spring. Finally, we'll take a short walk over to St. William's, the Catholic church that Durant built for his workers and which has been restored by volunteers from the town and is now operated as a non-denominational retreat center.

Lunch: After the tour of Pine Knot, we'll re-board the W.W. Durant for a delicious and delightful lunch cruise around Raquette Lake.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: While eating lunch, we'll enjoy a narrated cruise past several other great camps of the Gilded Age, including those belonging to important characters of the period, folks with names like Huntington, Stott, Carnegie, and Collier.

Built during the winters of 1990-91, the “W. W. Durant” captures the opulence of a by-gone era with wainscoting, stained and etched glass, gleaming brass, rich carpeting, and polished oak, while at the same time offering the convenience and comfort of modern amenities.

Dinner: Dinner in Sagamore dining hall.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Scions, Scandals and Scalawags: From Cornelius Vanderbilt, through the Durants, to Alfred G. Vanderbilt, the owner of Great Camp Sagamore, to Collis P. Huntington (Pine Knot) and J. P. Morgan (Uncas), discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution on American culture, politics, rivers, roads and rails. Were these Gilded Age magnates "Robber Barons" who ruthlessly dominated the American landscape from coast to coast to enrich themselves? Or were they simply the Social Darwinian "Captains of Industry" who not only oversaw corporate "combinations" but also gave us libraries, great camps and colleges? And what of those working class folk who dreamed of a better life as shown in the Hollywood films and magazines? Mark Twain epitomizes the cultural divide between the "haves" and "have-nots" in his work co-written with Charles Dudley Warner, "The Gilded Age," which we will spend time discussing.

Lodging: Great Camp Sagamore

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Sunday, September 08 - The Adirondack Park in American History & Heritag...
Breakfast: Breakfast in Sagamore dining hall.

Morning: PRESENTATION: We'll conclude the program with an analysis and discussion of the Adirondack Park itself: its establishment, enlargement, protection, land use, and ongoing importance in American cultural and natural history.

The program concludes with this presentation. We trust you have enjoyed your learning adventure here at Great Camp Sagamore and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Lunch: Participants will have the opportunity to make a pack lunch at breakfast, consisting of cold cuts, chips, fruit and cookies, etc, that you may eat in camp, or take on your way.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch



Free Time Opportunities


Raquette Lake, NY
Adirondack MuseumOften described as the "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks" the Adirondack Museum is a multi-building facility on lovely grounds with views of the Eckford Chain of Lakes. 518 352-7311
For additional information, visit: www.adirondackmuseum.org
The W.W. DurantThe Durant is a dine and cruise boat on Raquette Lake, the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks. Their educational narration will contribute to your understanding of the Gilded Age in the Adirondacks. 315-354-5532
For additional information, visit: www.raquettelakenav.com

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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4.5
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