Saturday, June 8, 2019

Adirondack Architectural Heritage Tours

This summer Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is offering more ways to introduce people to the various historic and notable Adirondack architectural styles that extend beyond the Great Camp.

Guided by field experts, AARCH tours offer a diverse selection from bridges to green design.

The schedule begins in June and continues through October, although space is limited. New offerings this year include the Plattsburgh Barracks Oval Walk, Indigenous Landscapes with Six Nations Indian Museum, and a trip to Timbuctoo, near Averyville.

Besides historic tours, AARCH is a well-utilized resource for historic preservation. Folks interested in preserving their own homes can glean valuable information from other property owners, and AARCH experts.

If an organized tour is not to your liking, but your family wants to learn about an Adirondack town’s history, AARCH currently has eight walking handouts for the towns of Willsboro, Keeseville, Essex, Elizabethtown, Port Henry, Ticonderoga, Wadhams/Westport, and Ironville. Each online guide (which can be printed) describes the local architecture along with some local history.

Though preserving history is a large part of the AARCH’s mission, the other arm of the organization is its educational outreach. AARCH’s goal is to promote better understanding and appreciation of the significance of the architecture that surrounds us.

Tour reservations can be made by calling the Keeseville office at (518) 834-9328 or on the AARCH website.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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