Camp Santanoni debuts new visitor guidebook

NEWCOMB – Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) – a private, nonprofit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack region – has unveiled its latest publication: a 52-page full-color guide to Camp Santanoni.

“The Visitor’s Guide to Camp Santanoni” was written by Charlotte Barrett, who was a summer staff person at Santanoni in 2012. In writing the guide, she drew upon the book “Santanoni: From Japanese Temple to Life at an Adirondack Great Camp” by Rob Engel, Howie Kirschenbaum and Paul Malo, as well as from new research she did over the past year.

Camp Santanoni, a national historic landmark and owned by New York state, was built for Robert and Anna Pruyn in the late 19th century and consisted of four dozen buildings, including a working farm, on 12,900 acres of land.

This interpretive guide walks visitors through Santanoni’s rich history and includes several detailed maps and more than 70 historic images.

“What almost everyone recalls (of Camp Santanoni) is something less tangible, born of Santanoni’s wild and magical setting on Newcomb Lake, surrounded by deep woods and mountains,” said Steven Engelhart, AARCH’s executive director. “It is a reminder that, yes, there is a way for humans and nature to be in balance.”

The production of the guide was made possible with support from the town of Newcomb, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.

Camp Santanoni is open to the public year-round, 365 days a year, and is accessible (depending on the season) on foot, by bicycle, on cross-country skis and via a horse-drawn wagon.

The guide costs $3.95 and is available at Camp Santanoni, through AARCH and at many regional bookstores.

For more information on the guide or visiting Santanoni, call AARCH at 518-834-9328.