Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sagamore - one of my favorite cabins in the whole world!

I have always been fascinated with the Great Camps of the Gilded Age of American History.
Built of course with money made of the backs of laborers, they still were beautiful examples of craftmenship.
One of the greatest, and one of the few remaining was Sagamore. Built for Willaim Durant between 1895 - 1897. Bad legal issues and failing business ventures meant Durant did not enjoy it for very long.

Although Willaim was responsible for much of what became known as Great Camps. His personal and financial life never seemed to allow him to benefit from them.

Durant at Camp Pine Knot.

Purchased in 1901 by Alfred Vanderbilt it finally came into it's glory. Bad luck for Alfred with the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 meant even he did not get to enjoy it for very long.

His second wife did however.

On a trip a few years ago with my wife exploring the Adirondacks I was finally able to make the pilgrimage to Sagamore.

I have not found my photos yet, so this picture is from Sagamores web site.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Down near Elephant Rocks

Took this photo a few years ago.
The log building attached was not originally, well. . . attached to the main house.
But the addition works really well.
Love the faded red and the color of the wood.
Nice job John.