Forever Wild – Day 4

Today I explored the Adirondack Museum, where they have collected buildings full of artifacts linked to the historic past of this region. Among the hundreds of antique boats and thousands of pieces of Great Camp furniture and the preserved local traditions I noticed something missing. There was very little mention of Native Americans, which is sad and somewhat amazing. After all, at a museum whose mission is to cover the observable history of the Adirondacks, one would expect to see some evidence of the region’s first inhabitants.

To be fair the museum is in the process of correcting this rather glaring oversight, but as yet there is very little Native American presence in the museum.

After our return to camp most of the group hiked to St William’s Church, where there was an choir putting of a special performance. St William’s was built around the same time as the main buildings at Camp Huntington. Similar to Camp Huntington, the only way to reach the church is by foot or by boat. I chose the second option. I and a handful of other kayaked a few miles around the shoreline to the docks just outside the church. We arrived a bit late but we could easily hear the concert from our position floating in the small bay.

St. William's Church on Long Point.

St. William’s Church on Long Point.

St. William's Church side view.

St. William’s Church side view.

Modern version of an Adirondack guide boat under construction.

Modern version of an Adirondack guide boat under construction.

Guides would take wealthy city folk out on hunting expeditions. It seems they also had their own social occasions in the off season.

Guides would take wealthy city folk out on hunting expeditions. It seems they also had their own social occasions in the off season.

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