Due to the raging success of last year's open house ski weekends at Great Camp Santanoni, we'll be offering them again this year. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the Town of Newcomb, and the Adirondack Ecological Center are pleased to announce that historic Camp Santanoni, located off Route 28N in Newcomb (Essex County), will be open for three special weekends this winter. Over these weekends, visitors can arrive at their leisure and enjoy a self-guided trip from the Gate Lodge, past the Farm and on to the Main Lodge. On the far side of the Lodge is the Artist's Studio, where cross-country skiers and snowshoers will be able to warm up before the return trip. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, discuss the ongoing restoration and offer impromptu tours of the Main Lodge. These "open house weekends" are January 18-20, February 15-17, and March 15-16. Suggested hours of visitation at the Main Lodge are 10 am- 3 pm each day.
Santanoni was built for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany beginning in 1892. The estate eventually included 12,900 acres and nearly four-dozen buildings. The Santanoni Preserve is a State Historic Site, on the National Register of Historic Places, and a National Historic Landmark. AARCH has long been associated with the protection, interpretation and restoration of this regional treasure. The round-trip ski is 9.8 miles on a gently sloping carriage road. There is no fee and reservations are not required. For more information please contact AARCH at 518-834-9238 or email@example.com.
Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for New York State's Adirondack Park. AARCH was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Adirondacks unique and diverse architectural heritage. Adirondacks unique and diverse architectural heritage.
Location, Contacts and General Information
Camp Santanoni and the Santanoni Preserve is located in Newcomb, New York, just north of NYS Route 28N. Camp Santanoni is open to the public year-round, 365 days/year, 24 hours/day, and is accessible (depending on the season) on foot, by bicycle, on cross-country skis, and via a horse-drawn wagon.
Between the end of June and Labor Day, a half dozen of Santanoni's buildings are open to the public and can be viewed with the assistance of staff interpreters. At other times of the year, the Preserve is open but most, if not all, of the buildings are closed and no interpreters are on site. AARCH also offers occasional day-long guided tours of the camp.
For more information about visiting Camp Santanoni and/or the guided tours,
call AARCH at (518) 834-9328, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm,
or (518) 582-5472 (June-Labor Day).
For information regarding canoe, kayak, and mountain bike rentals, contact Cloudsplitter Outfitters, 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852, call (518) 582-2583, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the horse-drawn wagon, contact: David O'Donnell (518) 582-2360.
For local weather and ski conditions, please call the Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb at: (518) 582-2000.
Click here for a MAP of Camp Santanoni.
Reminders for Responsible Use of the Santanoni Preserve
- Camp Santanoni is an historic site. Please treat the buildings, their contents, and the landscapes with respect. Leave artifacts where you find them.
- Plan ahead and prepare. A visit to Camp Santanoni is a visit to a remote Forest Preserve site. Please plan ahead, bring proper clothing and ample food and water, travel in small groups, and keep to the carriage road and trails.
- If you carry it in, carry it out. Pack everything that you bring in out with you.
- Respect wildlife and plants. Leave plants and rocks where you find them. Avoid contact with animals by keeping a clean camp and by not feeding the wild animals.
- Respect other visitors. Keep your dog close to you and under direct control at all times. Keep loud voices and noise to a minimum.
- Camping regulations. Camp at least 150 feet from roads, trails and water. Obtain a camping permit from a Forest Ranger for groups of 10 or more or stays of more than three nights in one spot. There are eight designated camping areas in the vicinity of Santanoni's Main Lodge. Use dead or downed wood for campfires and make sure fires are out when you leave. For complete regulations, contact a DEC office.