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We have finally arrived at the Great Camp Santanoni itself in the Adirondacks near Newcomb, NY.  It was a long and pleasant horse drawn wagon ride in from the Gatehouse nearly 8 miles back and 2 hours ride.  No motorized vehicles are allowed by the State of NY back into the 12,900 acre Santanoni Preserve, but you can take the free covered wagons drawn by horses or you can walk or snowshoe or ski in the Winter.  There are no cafes or restaurants so you have to take all your food and water in with you.

The buildings comprising the Great Camp Santanoni are so large as to make them impossible to get in one photo from land and much of it would be blocked by trees from the lake or behind the buildings.  The complex of buildings are connected by huge roofs and wide and long covered decks running from building to building so they are separate but together.  You could live most of your time under the wide sprawling decks with great views of Newcomb Lake and the mountains beyond.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 24 mm Lens

Santanoni was made entirely of logs notched on all the ends and locked together including all the interior walls.  It was designed in the 1890’s with strong Japanese influences by Robert Robertson and Robert C. Pruyn the owner from Albany.  It covers 580 feet of lake frontage and has 31 buildings including the Farm we saw earlier.

The plans of the house show a peculiar shape that would be very apparent from the air if you could rise up and take a photo:


The Great Camp from the air looks like a giant bird or rising Phoenix with the grey-tan areas being the huge decks and porches that connect everything.  This painting gives a rough idea of the view of the rooflines from above.