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Historic Hemmer Cottage

Central Adirondack Trail, State Rt. 28, near Old Forge in Herkimer County

Rustic Adirondack Cottage built in 1930 as part of a former cottage colony, then relocated and restored by volunteers and the Town of Webb Historical Association, featuring historic and cultural exhibits.

Bernard Hemmer came to the Old Forge region for his health following World War 1. He and his wife Mary operated the Hemmer Cottage Colony into the 1950's when they sold off the rental cottages to the Dolan Family from Syracuse, descendants of Bernard's brother, Alfred Hemmer.

Cottage Kent, the present Hemmer Cottage, was built in the winter of 1930-1931 by Bernard as a wedding gift for his sister Evangeline who married Austin Nelson, the son of Dr. Stuart Nelson. Dr. Nelson served as a local physician for more than 70 years and lived on Main St. in the building now occupied by the Adirondack Express newspaper. Cottage Kent was not sold to the Dolan family, but served as Bernard and Mary's home until Bernard's death and Mary was compelled to move to a nursing home.

Decorative half-logs applied in geometric patterns grace the exterior walls. Inside the cottage, Bernard's remarkable handiwork brings added charm to the cottage. A handmade brick fireplace dominates the cozy living room. The cottage is filled with wavy glass windows, particularly on the second floor studio. Arched doors are adorned with hand wrought hinges. Tiny nooks, and eyebrow window, hand painted kitchen cabinets, solid exposed beams, vintage light fixtures all add to the character of the of the interior.

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Old Forge

Closest Byway:Central Adirondack Trail
Distance from Byway:near
Closest Route #:State Rt. 28
Indoors or Outdoors:indoor
Admission Fee:no
How to Find:

Tour will begin at the Hemmer Cottage on the Old Forge Waterfront by car-pooling to the Hollywood Hills Section of Old Forge along beautiful First Lake

URL:Historic Hemmer Cottage website


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