Great Camp Sagamore
Elderhostel Trip June 2009
Joe and I went to an Elderhostel at
Great camp Sagamore in the Adirondack State Park in New York. The Elderhostel
was called "The
Illusion of Roughing It: Adirondack Great Camps of the Vanderbilts and JP Morgan".
We learned a lot about not only the camps, how they were built and the lifestyle
there in it's heyday but also all about the park itself. The park has both state
land and private lands too. It covers nearly 6 million acres. Some of the park
has been declared forever wild which means no permanent builds or rods are
allowed. Sagamore itself is run by a not-for-profit group of dedicate people. It
has been declared a National Historic Landmark. They do rely on many volunteers
to keep things going.
The final evening of our stay we got
to listen to the songs and story telling of a true storyteller from the area.
Bill Smith was a real joy, he told us about his childhood and more!
I have put some useful links about
the area and Elderhostel near the bottom of this page.
Scenery, flowers and a hare
Camp Sagamore Buildings
Sagamore Workers Camp
Group and A Storyteller
Information about Elderhostel
Info on Camp
Storyteller Bill Smith a bit of info
The Adirondack Park
Tourist info about the park