Around Raquette Lake illustrates the intriguing history of a lake region in the heart of the Adirondacks: Raquette Lake, the village of the same name, and the surrounding countryside. Hard to access in the early years, the area became home to famed Adirondack guides. After the late 1800s, it entered its heyday: the great camp era. People with names like Vanderbilt, Morgan, Carnegie, and Collier arrived and invited equally famous guests, including Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone. Today Raquette Lake continues to attract visitors, many of whom return year after year and some of whom decided to make it their home.
About the Author
James M. Kammer, local historian and Raquette Lake History Center director, first came here as a boy with his grandfather. Soon afterward, his parents bought property in the village, and eventually Kammer changed from a weekend resident to a permanent one. Well-known and respected throughout the area, he has long researched the past and collected vintage photographs, which he has enthusiastically shared in talks and presentations. In Around Raquette Lake, he presents the earliest and best of his collection, together with the most interesting historical notes and details.
Table of Contents
The Marion River and Central Portion of the Lake 9
The North End and Raquette Shores 49
The South End and Village Area 61
The Great Camps 95