Friday, November 04, 2011
In September, we visited the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. I loved the place. It's everything about the Adirondacks and Adirondack culture that you ever wanted to know, and then some. And the museum has EVERYTHING. I mean, everything. It was like someone dug through a hundred grandma's attics and placed them upon walls and on desks and behind glass displays. The museum has the most eclectic collection of stuff I have EVER seen anywhere, from old Adirondack gum wrappers to lumberjack suspenders to eye lash enhancers of the uber-rich who vacationed in the area every summer.
A spruce gum package. Spruce gum, can you believe it? Home grown, too.
Here's a biography of the famous Adirondack hermit Noah John Rondeau. Funny thing is, for a hermit he as awfully social. He sat for interviews, visited New York City and gave speeches, entertained visitors....
A stuffed mountain lion. Whoever did the taxidermy had a great sense of humor. These cats once graced Upstate NY forests (and still do, by some accounts).
The Adirondacks are peppered with lakes, as this quote suggests. To this day, the United States Postal Service delivers mail via boat.
This enormous display case is loaded with old goodies. The museums were stuffed with such paraphernalia.
The Smokey Bear costume!
Lake Placid was the location for the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
Oh, I have many more photos, but I'll leave you enjoying these. It's a great museum. If you are in the area, you MUST go! We loved it.