Episode #85: The Adirondacks

Episode #85: The Adirondacks and Great Camp Sagamore: Retreating to Nature in the Gilded Age

Historian and scholar Connor Williams joins Carl for this look at the Gilded Age retreat of the Adirondacks. Several Gilded Age families came here despite the dusty two-day journey in an attempt to escape the city and recharge in nature.

The Gilded Age saw the rise of the “great camps” extensive properties owned by families such as the Vanderbilts and the Morgans which, while certainly not as lavish as their Newport cottages still had elegant meals, fully stocked bars and dozens of domestic help to keep it all running. Great Camp Sagamore, once a Vanderbilt property, still welcomes visitors today on the shores of Raquette Lake as it has for over 125 years. 

Carl is joined by special guest:

— Connor Williams, scholar and historian from Yale University.

LISTEN NOW: The Adirondacks and Great Camp Sagamore: Retreating to Nature in the Gilded Age

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