Adirondack historic sites
We are known for our amazing Great Camps, but of course, our history didn't begin with the popularization of these Camps. From our first settlements to logging villages to mountain exploration, we have a long history. Historical societies and museums are located throughout the region which celebrate our history and create opportunities for visitors and residents alike to learn more about this unique area. These destinations are staffed by talented, welcoming volunteers and staff and love to share their knowledge with visitors of all ages. The outstanding Adirondack Experience, The Museum On Blue Mountain Lake is one of the gems of the region and makes for a great first stop.
Known as the "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks," the ADKX's extensive campus is the beloved repository of some of the Adirondacks' most cherished stories, offering exhibits, interactive displays, events, and workshops throughout the year. Historic artifacts and even entire structures are preserved here for all to appreciate for generations.
Great Camps today
Hamilton County is fortunate to have been part of the early history of vacationing in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Great Camp tradition began in the late 19th century soon after the publication of William H. H. Murray's Adventures in the Wilderness in 1869. This highly popular book was an account of Murray's various camping, hunting, and fishing trips in the Adirondack wilderness. Murray's book put the Adirondack Mountains and Hamilton County on the map as a tourist destination, inspiring men and women from cities downstate to "vacate" the city in the summer. Grand hotels were soon built and the rich and famous from around the world were soon spending their summers here, building luxuriously rustic summer compounds.