Scaroon Manor – once one of the largest
and grandest of the Adirondack resorts – was purchased by the State in
1967, and at the time of its acquisition, the Conservation Department had
formulated an elaborate recreational plan for this property often
referring to it as "Saratoga North." This plan was never
Although the State sold and destroyed almost all of the improvements (over 100 buildings), an overwhelming majority of area residents and those familiar with the legacy of Scaroon Manor feel that the "culture" and history of Scaroon Manor should not be allowed to die and thus the idea of "The Center for the Preservation of Adirondack Cultural History" has come forth. The concept is to preserve the Cultural History (heritage) of the Adirondack’s Grand Hotels, the many Youth Camps and the performing arts – all of which have deep roots in the Adirondacks (which have not been documented to date.)
The timing is right to move forward with the Center for the Preservation of Adirondack Cultural History on the Scaroon Manor property. Once known for its "Broadway" type culture and as the "stairway to the stars" the spirit of Scaroon Manor still lives. Scaroon Manor provides a spectacular and appropriate site for the Center for the Preservation of Adirondack Cultural History.
This site is an ideal location for a multi-faceted Adirondack cultural complex. The complex should include: 1) An Adirondack information center housing an exhibition facility illustrating the rich cultural past of the Adirondacks (and should also focus on environmental education), 2) An auditorium presenting a sound & light show, as well as video, film and live performances, 3) Rehabilitation of the Scaroon Manor amphitheater, which when originally built was a replica of the Hollywood Bowl.
The Scaroon Manor and Camp Cayuga properties (which include approximately two miles of lake frontage on Schroon Lake on 322+/- acres of land in northern Warren and southern Essex Counties) was once one of the most intensely developed properties in the Adirondacks – not a wilderness parcel – containing over 135 buildings, a 500-seat amphitheater, a nine-hole golf course, it’s own post office and outdoor venues of all kinds. Scaroon Manor is classified as Intensive Use and is not part of the forest preserve! In fact its deed states that is to be used for purposes inconsistent with forest preserve. The gem of this superb property is its lakefront, however the Center for the Preservation of Adirondack Cultural History will have little or no impact on this most valuable asset. The main structure would be designed to be in perfect harmony with the environment that we in the Adirondack Park cherish. In spite of the region’s natural beauty, the local economies remain in a state of stagnation and distress. This site is ideal both in convenience and accessibility located just off of Exit 27 of the Adirondack Northway.
The proposed Unit Management Plan (UMP) for this property includes a day use facility and NYS Campground. The Center for the Preservation of Adirondack Cultural History is the element that makes this UMP a model for success in revitalizing the economy of the local communities, the Adirondacks, and New York State. Although classified as Intensive Use, it seems obvious that Scaroon Manor should have been classified as Historic from the start. Although it would be ideal to reclassify the entire property, it is imperative that at least the old amphitheater and "Main House" areas be reclassified as Historic.
The Center for the Preservation of Adirondack Cultural History is an unusual opportunity to properly improve this dramatic site located on Schroon Lake between the Towns of Chester and Schroon and between Warren and Essex Counties. The Towns of Chester, Horicon and Schroon have already passed resolutions supporting the concept of "The Center for the Preservation of Adirondack Cultural History."
Creating strong visitor attractions to the area is imperative for the economic revival of the region. The Center for the Preservation of Adirondack Cultural History will uniquely combine the arts, education and the Adirondack environment. With you support, you can help create the Center for the Preservation of Adirondack Cultural History, which allows the future to reflect the past while helping to preserve our environment.
THE CENTER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF ADIRONDACK CULTURAL HISTORY
AT SCAROON MANOR
Presented by Friends of Scaroon Manor