Posts Tagged ‘Camp Santanoni’

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Recapping a busy APA meeting

A lawyer presents at a podium

Adirondack Park Agency

It was a busy monthly board meeting last week at the Adirondack Park Agency in Ray Brook.

The board approved a permit expanding a marina on Fish Creek Ponds, which you can read about from my colleague Zach Matson here.

A shooting range to test artillery in Lewis is also back to the permitting process, after the board denied the applicant’s appeal over a fifth round of questions from staff. Read about that here. 

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Great Camp Santanoni access: What should next steps be?

woman in a motorized wheelchair on an outdoor trail
WAGON UPDATE: While the horse-drawn wagon rides at Great Camp Santanoni are starting up again this year, the state is also considering other alternatives to provide people with disabilities access to the Great Camp site.
Adirondack Park Agency and state Department of Environmental Conservation staff met with members of the APA and DEC’s accessibility advisory committee. They discussed “any viable options that provide meaningful access” to the Great Camp, according to the agenda. The meeting was closed to the public and included remarks from Interim DEC Commissioner Sean Mahar, who participated virtually. Read more about the discussion here.
One of the ideas is to create a free loan of motorized wheelchairs like the one pictured here.
What do you think should be done? Should the road be reclassified to allow for motorized use?
Photo at top: The Rig, by Not a Wheelchair, was purchased by the state and is planned to be loaned for use at Great Camp Santanoni. Photo from Not a Wheelchair and state Department of Environmental Conservation

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Electric wheelchairs could roll to Santanoni

Santanoni Great Camp Newcomb lake Historic Preservation farm ADKs

Great Camp Santanoni

The state Department of Environmental Conservation convened a closed meeting last week to discuss access for people with disabilities to Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb. Current zoning of the road that leads to the Great Camp does not allow for motorized access, except for state employees. A horse and wagon operator who would normally be starting his season providing rides there has not yet received a permit to do so. But members of the state’s accessibility advisory committee said DEC has come up with some potential short-term solutions, including an electric wheelchair rental program.

Read more here.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Camp Santanoni access in question

Santanoni Great Camp Newcomb lake Historic Preservation farm ADKs

Great Camp Santanoni

There’s a difficult situation playing out in the town of Newcomb. Under a court settlement, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is required to provide access to Great Camp Santanoni for people with disabilities. But the horse and wagon operator it contracted with to provide those services, cannot provide them at the level required.

So now the operator’s contract has been terminated, though he may be able to operate under a different permit later this year. It still leaves the question of how the state will comply with its court settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read our update here.

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

DEC seeks input to improve Camp Santanoni access via horse and wagon service

horse drawn wagon

Input Sought on Preferences, Feasibility, and Possibilities for Non-Motorized Access for People with Disabilities into Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, Essex County

Deadline for Submissions Feb. 23, 2024

On Jan. 25, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a call for submissions for input on providing horse and wagon operations to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the historic Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, Essex County. DEC is seeking feedback on a scope of work related to providing access to the site through horse-drawn wagon, including the site, location, and frequency of service as it pertains to the capacity, ability, and availability of vendors, as well as any adjustments that can be made to improve the service.

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends: Jan. 13-15, Feb. 17-19, March 16-17

Camp Santanoni, photo by Nancie Battaglia

On January 12, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced three Winter Weekend events will be held in 2024 at the historic Camp Santanoni in the town of Newcomb in the Adirondacks. Hosted by DEC and Friends of Camp Santanoni, along with partners Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the town of Newcomb, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Adirondack Interpretive Center, the Winter Weekends invite visitors to enjoy winter recreation and exclusive winter access to the preserved buildings of the former great camp.

The 2024 Winter Weekend events will take place during the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, Jan. 13-15; Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, Feb. 17-19; and the weekend of March 16-17.

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

Camp Santanoni to host three winter weekends

Camp Santanoni’s rustic architecture is open for touring on three winter weekends. Photo by Brandon Loomis

Open House Events Offer Rare Access into Historic Camp Buildings

Three Winter Weekend events are being held in 2023 at the historic Camp Santanoni in the town of Newcomb in the Adirondacks. Hosted by DEC and the Friends of Camp Santanoni, the Winter Weekends invite visitors to enjoy winter recreation and exclusive winter access to the preserved buildings of the former camp. This is the first time these popular winter events are being held since the COVID-19 pandemic and are made possible through DEC’s partnership with the Friends of Camp Santanoni, which includes Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC), the town of Newcomb, and thousands of supporters who believe in the importance of preserving this historic Great Camp for use as public education, recreation, and inspiration.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Recreation Highlight: Fall Foliage by Bike

APA Seeks Comments On Camp SantanoniCamp Santanoni Historic Area, Newcomb, NY

Did you know that the five-mile gravel road that leads to the Historic Camp Santanoni  is perfect for a family bike ride?

The Newcomb Lake Road Trail is a 5-mile gravel former carriage road that extends from the trailhead at the Gate Lodge to Newcomb Lake. Bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy a picnic by the lake before exploring the camp.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Camp Santanoni Hosting 7th Annual Winter Weekends

skiiers at santanoniWhile the grounds of Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb are open to visitors 365 days a year, the buildings are not typically open to the public during winter months.

The exception are designated Winter Weekends, when the rustic historic site is staffed with guides, and snowshoes are provided at the gate for the ten-mile round trip.

Three Winter Weekend events have been set this year: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, January 18-20; Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, February 15-17; and the weekend of March 14 and 15.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Featured Hike: Camp Santanoni Historic Area, Newcomb

camp santanoni mapThe Camp Santanoni Historic Area is a very unique location in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. A surviving great camp, this National Historic Landmark was created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Robert C. and Anna Pruyn, serving as a place to entertain guests and find refuge from city life.

Today, the area is a popular day hike destination during summer months, as well as a cross country skiing destination in the colder months. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Great Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends

Camp Santanoni Historic AreaThree Winter Weekend events will be held for the sixth consecutive year at Camp Santanoni in Newcomb.

The events will take place during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, January 19-21; Presidents Day holiday weekend, February 16-18; and the weekend of March 16-17.

These Winter Weekends have grown in popularity in recent years as cross-country skiers and snowshoers access the historic great camp property to rest, tour the buildings, and view interpretative displays. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Camp Santanoni Receives Major Preservation Grant

Santanoni Main Lodge from Air by Jed ThoneOn September 23, the National Park Service announced the latest round of grant funding under its Save America’s Treasures program and Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the private nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondack region, received an award of $370,000 for conservation and restoration work at Camp Santanoni in the Essex County town of Newcomb.

This was one of only nine historic building conservation grants awarded nationally in this round, according to an announcement made by AARCH. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Newcomb Exhibits Marking Camp Santanoni’s 125th Year

robery pruynA new exhibit at the Newcomb Historical Museum, The Pruyns of Camp Santanoni, focuses on the nearly 13,000 acres of the Santanoni Preserve and the family that founded Great Camp Santanoni on Newcomb Lake.

Begun in 1892 by Albany banker Robert C. Pruyn, and his artistic and wilderness-loving wife Anna Williams Pruyn, the main camp was sufficiently completed for its first official party of family and friends in 1893. In the years that followed, R.C. and Anna hosted many more events, raised a family of four, taught their 10 grandchildren to love the Adirondacks, and relished famous spring fishing parties with 16 guests who often stayed for two weeks. For years the closure of each summer season was marked by an October hunting trip reserved for nine Albany gentlemen who celebrated Robert Pruyn’s birthday. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Newcomb’s TR Weekend Set For Sept 14-15th

Newcomb is set to celebrate Theodore Roosevelt’s journey out of the Adirondack High Peaks to the White House to become the 26th President, following William McKinley’s assassination. TR Weekend will be celebrated September 14-15, 2018.

This year’s event coincides with the 125th anniversary of the completion of Camp Santanoni. The camp was built in 1892 for Robert C. Pruyn, a banker and industrialist from Albany.  When Camp Santanoni was being constructed on the shores of Newcomb Lake, the property included 13,000 acres. The compound eventually included a gate house, a farm and dairy complex, and the main camp. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Farm, Canoe Tours Set For Camp Santanoni’s 125th Anniversary

santanoni main campGreat Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Area in Newcomb, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this summer with special events.

This weekend, the Friends of Camp Santanoni will host hourly tours at the historic farm. In August, the Friends are collaborating with Cloudsplitter Outfitters in Newcomb to offer canoe tours on Newcomb Lake.

Santanoni Farm Days, on July 14-15, will focus on the history of the 200-acre gentleman farm that once operated in this remote wilderness setting. Tours will be held at 11, 12, 1, 2, and 3 both days to explore the farm’s buildings and landscapes. No registration is required. The farm area is a one-mile hike from the Gate Lodge off NY-28N. » Continue Reading.



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