Adirondack Architectural Heritage Announces Tours


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AARCH color logo IIAdirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) invites you to discover the diverse and rich architectural heritage that exists throughout the Adirondack Park.

Guided trips this August to Wanakena’s Knollwood, Raquette Lake’s Long Point, and Plattsburgh’s historic landmarks are filling up quickly, yet openings still remain for two favorites, The Legacy of William and Alice Miner in Chazy on August 5th, and Lyon Mountain on August 12th.

On Tuesday, August 5th, The Legacy of William and Alice Miner will bring participants into the lives of Chazy’s philanthropic Miner Family of the late 1800s. In this outing we will explore two of the Miners’ most significant and lasting achievements – the Alice T. Miner Colonial Museum and Heart’s Delight Farm. The museum was established in 1924 in a three-story stone mansion, built to house Alice’s collection of art and decorative objects. The once working farm evolved into the Miner Institute, which focuses on pioneering agricultural research and livestock breeding.

On Tuesday, August 12th participants can visit Lyon Mountain, which was once referred to as “the town that refused to die.” The open pit mining was known for producing high quality iron ore, so preferred that it was used in the manufacture of the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge. This tour will visit the mining museum, located in a restored 1903 train station, as well as a walking tour of the town. Many of the company homes, sold into private ownership years ago, have been restored. It will also look at the remains of the mining operation.

Both tours begin at 10 am and end around 4 pm. The fee is $35 for AARCH members and $45 for non-members. For more information or to view the complete program schedule, visit the AARCH website. To register for a tour, contact Virginia at 518-834-9328.

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

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