Great Camp Sagamore - Blue Mountain Lake, NY - Previous Wilderness Estate of the Vanderbilts

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Located in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York, Great Camp Sagamore is made up of 27 unique buildings. Great Camp Sagamore is located in Blue Mountain Lake, New York. Blue Mountain Lake is a small hamlet of the Town of Indian Lake, which is in Hamilton County. From 1901 to 1954, Camp Sagamore was the wilderness estate of the Vanderbilt family. Today, the site is a National Historic Landmark and operated as a nonprofit organization. Camp Sagamore is dedicated to historic preservation and education.

Tours are offered at Camp Sagamore in the summer. Typically, tours are two hours in length. The two-hour guided tour starts with a presentation that gives an overview of the history of the Adirondack Park area and W. W. Durant, which was the man who built three camps in the area during the Gilded Age.

After the introductory DVD presentation, a walking tour provides guests with an interpretation of the history of the workers that were responsible for building and maintaining the camp when it was in the Vanderbilt's' possession. Visitors are shown the workers' complex and the caretakers' complex. Afterwards, visitors can see the guest buildings and the Main Lodge. During the tour, visitors are also able to see the dining hall that overlooks Sagamore Lake. Camp Sagamore also features permanent interpretive exhibits.

Guided tours are offered on weekends at 1:30pm from Memorial Day through the third weekend in June. In summer, guided tours are offered daily at 10:00am and 1:30pm. Beginning the Monday after Labor Day through Columbus Day, tours are offered daily at 1:30pm. Admission is $14 per adult, $12 per senior (age 65+), and $6 for school-aged children. Pre-schoolers receive free admission. Anyone with Raquette Lake or Long Lake licenses also receives free admission.

Accommodations are available on weekends during the summer. Throughout the rest of the year, accommodations are available on weekends and weekdays. Camp Sagamore offers the Simply Sagamore Program. This program combines comfort, relaxation, learning, nature, and history. While staying at Camp Sagamore, guests can canoe on Sagamore Lake. In addition, there are approximately 20 miles of hiking trails.

Camp Sagamore has a partnership with Exploritas. Exploritas is a continuing education program for adults of all ages. Camp Sagamore offers several different educational sessions. Camp Sagamore has professional instructors that lead the camp experience. In addition, the Intergenerationals Program is one of the most popular programs at Camp Sagamore. This program includes craft classes that are taught by a certified teacher, the opportunity to interact with professional musicians, and more.

The dining hall serves buffet meals, and wine and beer are also available for purchase. Guests may enjoy the opportunity of watching movies from the height of the Camp Sagamore time period. Movies star Gene Tierney. Tierney was one of the Vanderbilt's' frequent guests. Accommodations pricing is based on double occupancy and is $279 per person for two nights. Additional nights are $99 per night per adult.

Additional information about Great Camp Sagamore can be obtained by calling 315-354-5311.

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