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 that is just waiting for you to explore it. Visit the historical societies and museums located throughout the region - which highlight specific town history. The outstanding Adirondack Musuem in Blue Mountain Lake is the perfect stop for visitors of all ages.
Great Camps Today
But, if it's Great Camps that intrigue you, look no further... 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; grand hotels were built and the rich and famous from around the world were soon spending their summers here.