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Otis Mountain Camps: Designed by Women

September 23, 2022

“Like seven reclusive sisters, the camps on Otis and Iron Mountains have remained hidden from all but their closest neighbors for more than a century,” wrote Margaret Bartley in an Adirondack Life article exploring these impressive and wonderfully sited camps. With Margaret as our guide, we will explore several unique camps perched on the mountainside all designed by and built for women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Otis Mountain lies in a beautiful valley overlooking the Boquet River near Elizabethtown. Wear your hiking shoes and be prepared for an uphill trek, as we will be walking through the woods and visiting five of these remote camps. We’ll also explore the historic Otis Farmhouse on the valley floor and cross an intact example of a historic Warren truss bridge.

This tour is led by Adirondack History Museum board trustee and local historian Margaret Bartley and several generous camp owners. The tour begins at 10 AM and ends around 3 PM.

The fee is $60 for AARCH members and $70 for non-members.

This trip includes a one-mile, round-trip walk up and down a steep, rugged hill.


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