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Robert Sullivan <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:17:56 -0400
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NEWCOMB - Camp Santanoni will never again be a private refuge for the
mega-rich to enjoy the Adirondacks in rustic opulence, but after two
decades of slow, steady restoration work on the log buildings,
visitors can get a sense of roughing it, Gilded Age-style.

Santanoni was one of the earliest great camps built by wealthy
families with names like Rockefeller and Vanderbilt beginning in the
late 19th century. Managed by state environmental officials, it is the
only remaining great camp that is publicly owned. But the
once-imperiled camp remains a work in progress. Summer visitors who
hike or bike the nearly 5-mile road to the lakeside camp are likely to
hear hammering.

"When I first went there, the first week I almost left. It was so
daunting," said master carpenter Michael Frenette, who has done most
of the work at Santanoni since 1998. At first he performed triage, but
now almost all the buildings are stabilized.


Bob Sullivan
Schenectady Digital History Archive
Schenectady County (NY) Public Library