Preserving Camp Santanoni

June 29, 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021


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.


Journey back in time on an in-depth tour of this National Historic Landmark.  Enjoy a leisurely draft horse wagon ride or hike along the 9.8 mile round-trip excursion.  Stop at the Gate Lodge and farm before arriving at the main camp perched masterfully on Newcomb Lake.  Eat your picnic lunch under the same eaves that sheltered Theodore Roosevelt.  On this private tour, led by AARCH staff and Santanoni summer staff, walk into buildings to appreciate the workmanship, hear about families and celebrity guests who summered here, and see first-hand efforts to conserve this Park jewel.

The 9.8 mile round-trip trek involves a wagon-ride, or walking or bicycling 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 an additional $30 fee.  Fee includes “A Visitor’s Guide to Camp Santanoni”

When registering, please let us know if you would like to include horse-drawn wagon with your reservation.  



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