New Russia: Farmsteads and Barnsteads (FULL/NEW)
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Situated along the meandering Boquet River, the hamlet of New Russia boasts a largely hidden, yet engaging, history. As early as the late 18th century, the promise of waterpower and access to iron ore for mining drew migrating families who sought to carve out a life in the rugged valley. Their historic homesteads, barns, and properties are hidden gems for those who seek them out. On this outing, we will explore some of these storied places, including the property of the early Bishop and Gilligan families with a special tour of their now-restored timber-frame barns with preservationist Jack Van Wie. We will also gain special access to some spectacular private homes exhibiting colorful architectural styles like Queen Anne and Colonial Revival, all while hearing from their passionate owners preserving these houses for the future. Explore this little-known community through its homesteads and scenic valley views.
This outing is led by Adirondack History Museum Trustee Margaret Bartley and will feature several passionate homeowners and timber-frame barn preservationist Jackson Van Wie. This tour runs from 9:45 AM to 4 PM.
The fee is $50 for AARCH members and $60 non-members.