The Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) planned for Tupper Lake donated 34 acres of land to the Wild Center in celebration of the Hull family, it was announced Monday. The land includes the oxbow on the Raquette River where the natural history museum holds canoe and stand-up paddleboard trips in the summer. The gift expands the Wild Center campus to 115 acres.
“The Hull Family loved the Adirondacks, and more than anything wanted to encourage people from across New York and the country to come and see this incredible natural beauty. That’s the same thing the Wild Center has tried to capture, which is why we are honored to make this donation today,” ACR developer Tom Lawson said in a press release.
The Hull family were leaders of the Oval Wood Dish Corporation, which moved to Tupper Lake in 1915. William Cary Hull donated the land and helped found the Tupper Lake Country Club.
She said the piece of property is “priceless” as the museum’s view shed, and is important to the watershed and helps to keep wildlife healthy.
Tom Lawson said when they originally contracted to buy the property, his wife Susan noticed the oxbow was the logo of the Wild Center and suggested that they donate the parcel.
Lawson said that none of the 650 vacation homes planned for the development will be seen from the oxbow overlook at the Wild Center.
Ratcliff said it takes years for the river to carve such a shape.
“We almost couldn’t draw it better than we have,” she said. “We’re pleased and proud and thankful to be able to steward that into the future.”
Top photo of the oxbow by Mitch Harriman; map below provided by the Wild Center.