Guatemala

Guatemala

10-Day Guided Adventure to Guatemala — in the heart of Central American architecture and culture Guatemala is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in Central America with an extraordinary landscapes and civilization-spanning culture that reaches back centuries. On this outing, we will explore the best that Guatemala has to offer, including the rich…

Schuyler Falls: A Historic Corner of Clinton County

Schuyler Falls: A Historic Corner of Clinton County

The bucolic Town of Schuyler Falls, a quiet and historic section of Clinton County, became its own municipality when it separated from the Town of Plattsburgh in April 1848. Its two scenic rivers—the Saranac and Salmon—provided power, while its bountiful woodlands and fertile farmland spurred both the lumber industry and agricultural pursuits. Simultaneously, other natural…

Slate Valley

Slate Valley

Running approximately 24 miles along the border between New York and Vermont, the Slate Valley has been a source of slate since 1848 and is the only place in the world where such a wide variety of slate colors can be found. Over the past 160 years, this industry, which relied heavily on immigrant labor,…

Open Studio & Historic Mill with John Van Alstine & Caroline Ramersdorfer

Open Studio & Historic Mill with John Van Alstine & Caroline Ramersdorfer

In the mid-2000s, Austrian sculptor Caroline Ramersdorfer joined Adirondack sculptor John Van Alstine at the site of the Old Adirondack Lumber Company and established her art studio in the “old sawmill.” Together, Caroline and John continue their thoughtful reuse and redevelopment of the 19th century property on the banks of the Sacandaga River in the…

The Architecture of Ward Shippey

The Architecture of Ward Shippey

Glens Falls architect Ward Shippey (1885-1963) had an exceptionally long and prolific career designing homes, commercial buildings, theaters, children’s summer camps, private clubs, municipal buildings, camps, and resorts. The majority of his designs were in Glens Falls, Lake George, and Schroon Lake but he also designed several resorts in the Catskills like Grossinger’s, Arrowhead Lodge,…

Loon Lake

Loon Lake

  Explore the remarkably intact resort community of Loon Lake in the Town of Franklin originally developed during the late 19th century by Fred and Mary Chase. Their resort, the Loon Lake House, was a destination for wealthy families, including several presidents, for vacations and getaways. Our tour will take us to several buildings and…

Stone Houses Open House

Stone Houses Open House

Stories, family histories, and livelihoods are all etched in the stone used for many fine homes throughout the North Country. Blue limestone quarried on Willsboro Point was used throughout the Champlain Valley; Au Sable Valley granite went into homes along present-day Route 9N in the area around Jay; and unique reddish-brown Potsdam sandstone was used…