Durant Days - Raquette Lake

Durant Days celebrates the history of Great Camp Architecture

August 5 – 7, 2022, Raquette Lake, NY

Durant Days celebrates the birth of Great Camps Architecture and William West Durant, the creator of this amazing style of architecture. Enjoy a special weekend of events in Raquette Lake, where Great Camp history is all around you. Travel back in time to the days when waterways were the highways and travel was by boat! Choose to participate in every event, or just one; the choice is yours.

Access to some of these historic landmarks is limited to a few times a season so don’t miss out on your exclusive chance to explore them all in one jam-packed weekend!

Friday, August 5

Take to the water on a replica steamboat, just like those that used to take travelers to the various Great Camps on the lake. This cruise features a visit to St. Williams church on Long Point, built by Durant in 1890, visit Great Camp Pine Knot, and enjoy a chef-crafted lunch accompanied by historic narration of the lake's unique history.

Cruise runs from 8:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., $73 per person. Contact Raquette Lake Navigation to make your reservation today!

Saturday August 6

½ Price Tours at Great Camp Sagamore available for Durant Days Weekend.

2pm Wide Variety, A Capella Group sings on the Village Green in Raquette Lake

The Boat Parade in Raquette Lake kicks off at 6 p.m. Registration forms are available at Burke's or Birds Marina. This year the theme is ... there is no theme! Anything goes! We are looking for Party Barges, Runabouts, No-Octane.. if it floats and it's a boat, decorate it. Get out on the water and show the classic spirit and tradition of Raquette Lake living. Cash Prizes.

Spectators can watch the parade and fireworks from the shores of Raquette Lake. Don't forget dinner at the Raquette Lake Tap Room!

Sunday, August 7

½ Price Tours at Great Camp Sagamore available for Durant Days Weekend.

Tour Great Camp Sagamore, created in 1897 by W. W. Durant and summer home to the Vanderbilt family for half a century. 

Tours consist of a short slide show, followed by a 1.5-hour walking tour of the camp complex, for a full length of about two hours. You will see the worker's village, including the schoolhouse, the iconic Main Lodge, and see how Great Camp life was truly lived.

Please note that the walking tour of the camp includes walking on gravel roads and staircases. The upper complex is handicap accessible for persons with limited mobility.

 

For more information about Durant Days, please contact Long Lake Events at 518-624-3077.

Durant Days is sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and the CAA.

 

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