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Skiers, snowshoers invited to visit Adirondack great camp Santanoni

By Stephen Williams
Thursday, January 12, 2012

NEWCOMB — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will be offering cross-country skiers and snowshoers a chance to visit one of the last historic Adirondack “Great Camp” properties.

Camp Santanoni, a five-mile backcountry ski from Route 28N in Newcomb, will be open to the public during the Martin Luther King holiday weekend this week, President’s Day weekend, February 18-20, and the weekend of March 17-18.

“Camp Santanoni is one of the most popular cross-country ski destinations in the Adirondacks,” said DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens said in announcing the event.

“The 9.8-mile round trip excursion from the Gate House complex to the remote lakeside main lodge complex is a moderate ski and a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.”

At Camp Santononi, visitors will be able to view displays about the great camp and take interpretive tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage staff. The Artist’s Studio, a stone building near the main lodge on the shores of Newcomb Lake, will be open as a warming hut. The Adirondack Interpretive Center will provide snowshoes to lend to visitors at the Gate Lodge.

The town of Newcomb and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Adirondack Interpretive Center are other sponsors.
Camp Santanoni was built starting in 1892 by Robert and Anna Pruyn. Robert Pruyn was a banker and investor from a prominent Albany family.

The property eventually consisted of more than four dozen buildings on 12,900 acres including a working farm, the Gate Lodge complex, and a huge rustic Main Lodge and other buildings situated on Newcomb Lake. The state acquired it in 1972, and restoration efforts have been underway since then.

The camp is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. It is considered by many to be the “classic” Adirondack Great Camp.

Reservations are not required, but people may get more information by contacting Adirondack Architectural Heritage at (518) 834-9328.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 885-6705 or swilliams@dailygazette.net

 

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