Camp Santanoni was built for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany beginning in 1892 and their estate eventually included 12,900 acres and nearly four-dozen buildings, including a 200-acre working farm and a 15,000-square-foot log villa that was inspired by traditional Japanese architecture. It remained in private ownership until 1972 when it was acquired by New York State and became part of the Forest Preserve. Santanoni is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. AARCH has long been associated with the protection, interpretation and restoration of this regional treasure.
On this outing, journey back in time. Enjoy a leisurely drafthorse wagon-ride or hike along the 9.8 mile roundtrip excursion. Stop at the Gate Lodge and farm before arriving at the camp perched masterfully on Newcomb Lake. Eat your picnic lunch under the same eaves that sheltered Theodore Roosevelt. On a private tour, walk into buildings to appreciate the workmanship, hear about the families and celebrity guests who summered here, and see first-hand efforts to conserve this Park jewel.
The round-trip walk is 9.8 miles on a gently sloping carriage road.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $25
A limited number of seats are available on a horse-drawn wagon for a $30 fee. When registering, please let us know if you would like to include this option with your reservation. Spaces on the wagon are limited.