Living?History: Georgia Murphy

Georgia Murphy came to Saranac Lake in 1955 when her husband Ken became a forestry student at Paul Smith’s College.

Her first employment was at Meyer’s Pharmacy (presently the Downhill Grill) followed by a variety of jobs including Dr. Sageman’s practice, Paul Smith’s College, and the Hotel Saranac.

In 1959, Ken and Georgia purchased the Eagle’s Nest on Lake Street; once owned by Alexis Thompson, it housed Thompson’s Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants teams during summer training camps, and later the New York Rangers Hockey team.

An interest in bobsledding prompted Mr. Thompson to landscape the yard behind the house to mirror part of Mt. Van Hovenburgh, and the site was used by Georgia’s husband Ken, a brakeman for Monroe “Monk” Flagg’s sled.

Georgia has been involved with many community groups including fund raising for scholarships for local students, and volunteering for the Essex County Republican Committee, Pendragon Theatre, the Adult Center, and Ladies of the Elks.

Through her volunteerism, community spirit, and interest in local history, Georgia epitomizes what makes Saranac Lake special.