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    Camp Santanoni Stories

    This project is undertaken by Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), which serves as the umbrella organization for

    the Friends of Camp Santanoni, a friends group for Camp Santanoni, a New York State-owned historic site. In addition to our work

    at Camp Santanoni, AARCH preserves the architecture and communities of the Adirondacks through education, action, and advocacy.


  • Camp Santanoni Stories


    Preserving the architecture and communities of the Adirondacks through education,

    action, and advocacy.

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    Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for New York State’s Adirondack region. AARCH was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ unique and diverse architectural heritage.


    Camp Santanoni is a National Historic Landmark, located in the Adirondack Forest Preserve and in the Essex County town of Newcomb. AARCH manages Camp Santanoni in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and with significant support from the Town of Newcomb.


    Camp Santanoni is located within the 12,900-acre Santanoni Preserve and consists of: a Main Camp complex, a collection of rustic buildings situated on secluded Newcomb Lake; a Gate Lodge complex at the entrance to the preserve; and an early 20th century model farm. Construction of the Great Camp began in 1892 for Robert and Anna Pruyn of Albany. In its time Camp Santanoni was the largest of the Adirondack Great Camps. Robert and Anna Pruyn hosted close friends and family every spring and summer, as well as influential businessmen and politicians, such as Theodore Roosevelt and his family.


    New York State acquired the Santanoni property in 1972 and added it to the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Santanoni sat without investment for almost 20 years with an uncertain fate. Adirondack Architectural Heritage was founded, in part, to preserve and protect Camp Santanoni and has supported its preservation through education, action, and advocacy ever since.


    Visitors to Santanoni today will find the historic areas of this retreat much as the Pruyns experienced, a place for outdoor recreation and leisure.


    Do you have a story about visiting Great Camp Santanoni that you want to share? Adirondack Architectural Heritage has teamed up with Our Story Bridge to collect and share your stories and personal history with Great Camp Santanoni. We invite you to share yours!

  • Hear Our Stories

    Click the categories below to hear some exciting stories from Adirondack Community. You can also go to the Public Stories Page for Adirondack Community found at https://app.memria.org/santanoni/. Use the search box to find a story that you want to listen to.

    We would love for you to share your story too.


    You can also listen to stories from other OurStoryBridge projects across the country as they are continually added here.


    House, Land, and Water
    Saving Camp Santanoni
    Staff and Volunteers
    Restoring Camp Santanoni
    Our Newcomb Community
  • Share Your Story

    If you want to share your story or ask a question, fill out the form below and we will contact you shortly.