When you hear the word Sagamore referenced, in relation to the Adirondacks, what comes to mind? Did you know that there are actually two iconic Adirondack structures, that have taken the name Sagamore?
The first, and the older of the two, is The Sagamore Hotel, located in Bolton Landing on Green Island, surrounded by the waters of ‘Andiatarocte’ aka Lake George, the Queen of America’s Lakes.
Opened in 1883 and named after a character in James Finemore Cooper’s 1826 novel, The Last of the Mohicans, the hotel was financed by several prominent Summer residents, and soon became a draw for wealthy clientele from all around. Suffering two fires, in 1893 and 1914, the hotel was rebuilt in 1921.
The second is the Great Camp Sagamore, located in Raquette Lake. Construction on this Sagamore finished in 1897 and was overseen and designed by Architect William West Durant.
In 1901, Durant sold the camp to Alfred Vanderbilt, who expanded the property, adding several luxury amenities of the day, including hot and cold running water, flushing toilets and sewer system, tennis court, croquet lawn and a bowling alley, just to name a few.
Below is a poster for an upcoming event at The Sagamore Resort Conference Center, where you can enjoy fellowship and learn more about these two iconic Adirondack Sagamores.
Join Great Camp Sagamore Historian Robert Engel and Bolton Landing Historian Bill Gates, for A Tale of Two Sagamores lecture/discussion on Friday April 7th, from 6-8:30pm.
Such rich and interesting history to discover, here in the Adirondack Low Peaks and Lands of Northern New York!
After all, at one time, it was the frontier…
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