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RAQUETTE LAKE, NEW YORK

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

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Program #20944RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Few have ever experienced “roughing it” like the wealthy businessmen of the Gilded Age, who turned the quiet wilderness of the Adirondacks into a haven for the rich and famous. Today, the Great Camps of the Gilded Age remain icons of the early Adirondack lifestyle, and Great Camp Sagamore is the perfect location to study this opulent era. Join historians for a look into the lives of these famous camp owners, their well-known guests and the workers who maintained their lavish properties. Then, gain an appreciation for the region’s natural treasures as naturalists share their insight on the ecology of the Adirondack Park, the largest park in the contiguous United States.


Highlights

• Learn about the Vanderbilts' Sagamore and its neighbors, such as J.P. Morgan’s Camp Uncas and Collis Huntington's Camp Pine Knot — each designed William West Durant, and each today a National Historic Landmark.
• Get a fresh perspective of the great camp properties during a study luncheon cruise along Raquette Lake.
• Canoe or hike around Sagamore Lake and discover the biodiversity of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

Program Notes

Included are special visits to two additional camps: Pine Knot, the first "great camp" built by William West Durant, and in many ways the very prototype of what has come to be referred to as "Adirondack rustic" architecture; and Uncas sold by Durant in 1895 to J.P. Morgan. Both of these camps are privately-owned today, and generally off-limits to the public, but have been available to Road Scholar participants though this special program.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Walking over uneven terrain, some stairs; canoe and boat rides.

Coordinated by Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks.


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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
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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4.8
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