In the late 1800s, partly as a result of the writings by American Romanticists like James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, the scenic and rugged Adirondack region of upstate New York became a rustic but popular tourist destination for nature lovers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to the hundreds of hotels that popped up around the Adirondacks, remote but luxurious family compounds called camps were built by wealthy outdoorsy types for use as summer homes. They were often accessible only by boat. The largest and most famous camps — often referred to as Great Camps —were built along the scenic shores of the region’s many lakes. Several of the Great Camps remain in private hands but more often than not they have been converted to commercial vacation destinations. Privately-owned camps today are typically significantly smaller, but no less luxurious than their predecessors and often adhere to the original Arts and Crafts movement meets Swiss chalet architectural vernacular frequently used by early camp developers like William West Durant. Photo Credit: BalaSub
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