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The Illusion of Roughing It: The Vanderbilts' Great Camp Sagamore
Travel back to the Gilded Age of the Adirondacks at Camp Sagamore, former wilderness estate of the Vanderbilts, where you’ll learn about local traditions and regional history.
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Program No. 14875RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Get a taste of the Gilded Age version of “roughing it” as you stay in the Adirondack wilderness estate once owned by the Vanderbilts. Camp Sagamore is situated on pristine Sagamore Lake, and its rustic architecture and main lodge with stone fireplace and spectacular views recalls the opulent era of the “Robber Barons.” Learn about the heyday of the Adirondack Great Camps and the fascinating work being done to preserve this historical era. Of course, there’s plenty of time to canoe the lake, explore the wilderness on the camp’s 20 miles of trails, play croquet or just relax.
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On Your Feet
Programs at Sagamore require at least some walking/standing, even just getting around camp. The tour of the facility requires standing or walking for perhaps 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With experts, uncover the heritage of Camp Sagamore, and examine the lifestyles of the Vanderbilts, the "First Family" of the Gilded Age.
  • Visit the guest houses and imagine servants catering to you during summer trips to the Adirondack Mountains.
  • A regionally known musician and storyteller gives insights into local folklore.

General Notes

This 3-night program is designed as an introduction to the Great Camp phenomenon. Those wishing to immerse themselves more deeply in Great Camp history and Adirondack culture are encouraged to consider program #20944 -- America's Treasures: Three Great Camps of the Gilded Age, a 5-night program that includes excursions to two other, privately-owned Great Camps.
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Garet Livermore
Garet Livermore is a seasoned public historian he has worked as the Vice President for Education for The Farmers' Museum and the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, NY. He has researched and written on rural and agricultural history as well as the development of the Adirondack region. Formerly on the faculty of the Cooperstown Graduate Program of SUNY Oneonta, he currently is a board member of the Museum Association of New York and an elected member of the New York Academy of History.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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