Throughout the 19th century, river drives transported trees cut in the Adirondacks down the Hudson River to busy mills closer to Albany. The pulp, paper, and lumber industry defined the growth of upper Hudson River communities. The largest pulp and paper mill was located in Corinth, the International Paper Company’s corporate headquarters, which operated there from 1905 to 2002. This tour explores the technology and power used to both process and transport logs via rail-lines to mills downriver.
We’ll visit the former IP office building, walk along the Hudson River to learn about its industrial importance, explore Lake Luzerne’s Pagenstecher Pulp Mill Museum, and investigate early hydroelectric power and pulp grinding at the Conklingville Dam.
The tour will be led by history professor Stephen Cernek.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m.
FEE: $40 for members and $50 for non-members.