Stories, family histories, and livelihoods are all etched in the stone used for many homes throughout the North Country. Blue limestone quarried on Willsboro Point was used throughout the Champlain Valley; Ausable Valley granite went into homes along Route 9N in Jay, and reddish brown Potsdam sandstone was used primarily in Keeseville and vicinity. Because of the natural durability of their materials, many of these historic stone houses remain standing in Willsboro, Essex, Jay and Upper Jay, Keeseville, Peru, and beyond. Join AARCH for a special open house taking place at several of these historic stone homes in these northern Adirondack communities. On your own, map in hand, you’ll visit an early granite stone house in Upper Jay – the Stone House Farm, the 1823 Richard Keese II house in Keeseville, made of locally quarried sandstone, and explore the Greystone, the elegant limestone mansion in Essex . Also part of this open house are an expansive and more contemporary stone home overlooking Lake Champlain at Valcour Bay, designed in 1932-33 by architect Alvin Inman, and Old Elm, the 1849 home of the Clark family on Willsboro Point.
Docents for this open house will include AARCH staff and property owners.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.
FEE: $25 and includes access to all sites.