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Great Camp Sagamore

Central Adirondack Trail, State Rt. 28, near Raquette Lake in Hamilton County

The nonprofit Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks, Inc. offers educational programs at Great Camp Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark in the heart of the Adirondacks.

Found off Route 28 near the Village of Raquette Lake, Sagamore is a National Historic Landmark, an official project of Save America's Treasures found in the heart of the Adirondacks, and is the most studied and carefully preserved Great Camp. Built between 1895-97, and inhabited by William West Durant from 1897-1901, its 27 authentic buildings became the wilderness estate of the Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt family from 1901-54. Now a National Historic Landmark and a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, interpretation & historic preservation, Great Camp Sagamore is open to the public for two-hour guided tours in the summer and for various overnight programs in the summer and fall. Many guests attend Elderhostel or Grands intergenerational summer camp. Other guests come for retreats, reunions, and relaxation in an incomparable natural setting. Open to the public from Memorial Day Weekend through mid-October.

"Great Camp Sagamore is not a hotel, motel, or resort. Expect instead a complete experience in learning and living a bit of history in an incomparable setting."

Closest Community:

Raquette Lake

Nearby Communities:Blue Mountain Lake
Closest Byway:Central Adirondack Trail
Distance from Byway:remote
Closest Route #:State Rt. 28
Months Occurring:may, june, july, august, september and october
Best Season:spring, summer and fall
Best Time:

Summer is a great time to take in the history as well as enjoy a walk around Sagamore Lake.

Scenic View:

Nice views of Sagamore Lake and its outlet stream that flows to Raquette Lake.

Indoors or Outdoors:both
Admission Fee:yes
ADA Compliance:yes
Restroom Available:yes
Bus Parking:yes
How to Find:

four miles south of Raquette Lake on Sagamore Road, a dirt road

URL:Great Camp Sagamore website


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