John Hendrickson, owner of the 36,000 Whitney Park estate outside of Long Lake, announced his intentions last month to sell the property, setting off speculations of who the next buyer could be — or should be.
Hendrickson, the widower of philanthropist, thoroughbred owner and Saratoga Springs socialite Marylou Whitney, told the Wall Street Journal at the end of July he was listing the property for $180 million — $5,000 an acre.
The news had environmentalists calling for the parcel, which includes 22 lakes and one of the great Adirondack camps called Deerlands, to be part of the Adirondack Park’s forest preserve.
The state lists the Long Lake property in its 2016 Open Space Conservation Plan, a document outlining potential land acquisitions. At a press conference in August, Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, called the property a “gem.”
Explorer reporter Gwen Craig talked to him recently and he was adamant about not selling to the state, and at the same time Hendrickson assuaged fears that any potential buyer could possibly develop the site.
We want to hear from you: What would you like to see happen to the Whitney land? Should the the state purchase it? Should it stay in private hands?
Photo courtesy of John Hendrickson