Pine Knot Camp

Explore the rich architectural landscape of the Adirondack Park of Upstate New York this fall through a unique tour of Adirondack Great Camps, Sept. 18-21

KEESEVILLE, NY (March 11) - For the first time ever, Adirondack Architectural Heritage is offering a four day tour of private and public Adirondack Great Camps, led by experts in the field of architectural history and preservation, as well as local historians this fall. The Rustic Great Camp tradition is synonymous with the Adirondacks of Upstate New York and the tour includes stops at some of famed architect William West Durant's famous architectural achievements, including Great Camp Sagamore, a turn-of-the-century retreat formerly owned by the Vanderbilt family. Other stops include Camp Pine Knot, private getaway of Collis P. Huntington; Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark; and a luncheon cruise aboard the WW Durant on Raquette Lake. Evening lectures given by guest speakers will provide a more in-depth look at the camps and the innovative architects and builders who created them. Guests on the tour will stay at the Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake. Though built as a private camp, Minnowbrook became an executive retreat in the 1940s. In 1953, it was given to Syracuse University, which used the 28-acre property for educational conferences and workshops. Following a devastating fire in 1988, the school dedicated themselves to rebuilding the center while respecting the history and architecture of the original. The resulting lodge is reminiscent of the opulence of the Great Camp ideal - incorporating rustic artistry with modern luxuries. The Sept. 18-21 tour costs $1,700 per person for single occupancy and $1,400 per person for double occupancy. The tour includes, meals, accommodations and transportation to and from the airport in Albany. A non-refundable $300 per person deposit is due with registration by June 1. There is a 30 person limit to the tour, so book today because spots are filling up fast! To make a reservation or for further information please call 518-834-9328, or send an email to About AARCH: Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the private, non-profit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park region. This tour is one of over fifty events in our annual series highlighting the region's vast architectural legacy.  For more information on membership and our complete program schedule contact AARCH at (518) 834-9328 or visit our website at About the Adirondacks: The Adirondack Park, named for the Adirondack Mountains that lie within its boundaries, offers some of the best opportunities in the United States for outdoor recreation in a superb natural setting. The wilderness lands of the Adirondack Park are an outdoor-lover's paradise and vacation packages offer a wonderful opportunity for visitors to sample all that there is to see and do in the region. The Adirondack Regional Tourism Council can provide information about planning a vacation in the Adirondack region. Call 800-487-6867 or log onto for package listings, events, activities, restaurants, lodging and maps.


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Contact: Susan Arena
Adirondack Architectural Heritage (518) 834-9328