Explore the museums and historic sites of the Adirondack Hub

The Adirondack Hub is the gateway to many of the historical and educational landmarks found in the Adirondacks.

Travel back in time to Great Camp Santanoni. This wilderness retreat was built for prominent Albany-area businessman Robert C. Pruyn and his wife Anna in the late 19th century. Rustic Adirondack architecture with a Japanese flair (Pruyn spent time in Japan as a child) make this a Great Camp like no other. Fun fact: the Main Lodge is shaped like a phoenix in flight to symbolize transition. Great Camp Santanoni can be visited year-round, but buildings may only be open when staff from Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) are present. Down the road, Open Space Institute recently launched an interpretive trail at the Upper Works trailhead that highlights the historic night Teddy Roosevelt became president, as well as the natural history of the area.

Not all historical tours are on land. Right in the village of Schroon Lake, a historic boat tour offers a one-hour scenic cruise with narration about local history, folklore, and legends.

Historical societies around the region, including the Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society, Minerva Historical Society, and Newcomb Historical Museum present fascinating displays about the area's social, cultural, and artistic history. Visitors interested in the Adirondack travels of American painter Winslow Homer will be especially interested in the exhibits at the Minerva Historical Society, which is housed in a historic church, itself a pretty destination. 

historical documents from the Newcomb Historical Museum
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Route 28N, Santanoni Road, Newcomb
Interpreters are on-site daily in July and August. Guided tours are offered once a month, June through October.
As the southern access point into the High Peaks Wilderness, Upper Works offers a unique option for hikers and visitors looking for an alternative to traditional northern or eastern trailheads.
Off Route 28N, Olmstedville
Thursday through Sundays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free. The former Methodist Church houses a small local history museum collection which features prints and explanations of watercolors painted by Winslow Homer at the nearby North Woods Club. The former...
703 Creek Rd, Crown Point
Museum of local history. Birthplace of the Electric Age. 1826 homestead, carriage barn, church, threshing barn, cow barn. Take our historic walking tour along the edge of Putnam's Creek. Fishing on Penfield Pond by permit. Inquire about using our...
5631 State Rt. 28N, Newcomb
The mining community of Tahawus was built in 1941 and dismantled in 1963, with many of the town buildings moved to Newcomb. This new museum celebrates the extraordinary history of this company town who lived on as a thriving community. Contact museum...
1144 US Rte. 9, Schroon Lake
July-August, Thur-Sun, noon-4pm. Donation. Step back in time to the era when grand hotels and summer camps lined the shores of Schroon and Paradox lakes and steamboats plied the waters. The post-Civil War home contains displays of vintage photographs,...
Schroon Lake Boat Tours
1075 US Rte. 9, Schroon Lake