The building that houses Melody Lodge in Speculator will be 100 years old in 2012. Now a restaurant and inn, it was originally a girls’ singing school during the summers of 1912-1915. (photo: Bill Buell/Gazette Reporter)
As genuine a mountain man as Louis Seymour was, the townsfolk never mistook his loud piercing cries from atop Page Hill for those of a wild animal. Everyone, especially the children, knew it was Seymour, aka French Louie, the Adirondack guide and recluse who came out of the woods a couple of times each year to visit his friends at Lake Pleasant. “I grew up here, so I remember the stories,” said Julie Atty, owner and head chef at the Melody Lodge in Speculator, high above Lake Pleasant and at the top of Page Hill, just off Route 30 in Hamilton County.