Looking for the Best Book on Adirondack Great Camps?
By Mirror Staff
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Adirondack Camps: Home Away from Home, 1850-1950, former Adirondack Museum director Craig Gilborn’s history of the Adirondack Great Camp, is now available from the museum’s online bookstore.
The 400 page book is a history of the evolution of camps in the Adirondacks , from lean-to’s and trapper cabins to the retreats of William West Durant . Lavishly illustrated, Gilborn’s ‘Adirondack Camps’ is the most authoritative work on the subject yet. Any history of Adirondack camps should be a social as well as as architectural history, which Gilborn’s book is. Among the camps Gilborn discusses is the Northwoods Club in Minerva, where Winslow Homer painted , and where the photograph above was taken sometime in the 1940’s. It is believed to portray members of the Fosburgh family, who have owned camps at the club for generations. The family included James Fosburgh, the Winslow Homer scholar, Pieter Fosburgh, journalist and author, and Hugh Fosburgh, a novelist and naturalist.