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Near Northville in Fulton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Adirondack Inn

Adirondack Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 1, 2008
1. Adirondack Inn Marker
Site of the Adirondack Inn - Sacandaga Park, New York
Site of the
Adirondack Inn
Built in 1891 by the FJG RR
Considered the Gem Of
Sacandaga Park this ornate
wood structure burned 1975

Erected 2001 by Fulton County Historian.
Location. 43° 12.968′ N, 74° 11.258′ W. Marker is near Northville, New York, in Fulton County. Marker is on McKinley Avenue just east of New York State Route 30, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. South of the Village of Northville, in a hamlet known as Sacandaga Park. Marker is in this post office area: Northville NY 12134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northville Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); King Cemetery (approx. mile away); Chimney Swifts of Northville, New York (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Settler (approx. one mile away); 5 & 10 Cent Store (approx. one mile away); Parkville (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sweets Crossing (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Early Settler (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northville.
Regarding Adirondack Inn.
Adirondack Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, July 1, 2008
2. Adirondack Inn Marker
Marker is on McKinley Ave. in Sacandga Park, NY.
"...A short distance from the railroad station is The Adirondack Inn, one of the finest summer resort hotels in America, accommodating 250 guests. The halls and rooms are provided with steam heat, and the hotel grounds lighted by electricity, presenting at night a picture of a veritable "Fairy Garden." Guests may secure rooms single or en suite, with or without a private bath. The house is tastefully decorated and richly furnished, and the conveniences of the telegraph, the telephone, and a prompt postal service are among the privileges enjoyed by its guests. Balls, House Parties, Automobiling and Coaching go to make up a part of the pleasures at this up-to-date hostelry. The roads along the Mohawk Valley, passing through Schenectady, Amsterdam, Johnstown and Gloversville, enroute the Sacandaga Valley, are particularly good for automobiling. The Adirondack Inn is ably managed by Mr. C. O. Chamberlin, to whom applications for rates and rooms should be addressed."
Source: "1906 Summer Outings Sacandaga Valley; The Pleasure and Benefits of a Few Weeks of Leisure Spent Among the Beautiful Resorts of the Adirondacks," Published by Passenger Department, Fonda, Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad"

In the early 1890s many short line railroads were building amusement parks as a way to increase rail line patronage. In 1891 the Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville (FJ&G) purchased
Adirondack Inn Postcard image. Click for full size.
Collection of J.Connor
3. Adirondack Inn Postcard
Postcard circa 1911
thirty-five acres of land near the end of its Sacandaga Line and made it into a summer resort called Sacandaga Park, and built the Adirondack Inn at a cost of $20,000. Two additions in the 1890s almost doubled the inn's size. The Adirondack Inn was 4 stories high had 100 rooms and could accommodate 250 guests. Two large balconies were built on the first and second floors where people could sit and enjoy the bands and activities that took place on the lawn. The Inn was also across from the railroad platform providing easy access to guests. An impressive structure, the Adirondack Inn was unoccupied for a short time before it was destroyed by fire on September 8, 1975.

In 1952 the FJ&G railroad sold off its assets in the Sacandaga Park to a Florida investment group called Adirondack Properties. The 750 acre property sale included: the Adirondack Inn, the Golf Course & Club, Heeswijck, the Rustic Theatre, the Beach Club, the Dance Hall, the Park Station, a dozen cottages, miscellaneous buildings and the water and sewer plants

Here is a quote from a piece of promotional literature produced by the Adirondack Inn circa 1970:

Beautiful Adirondack Inn

in the foothills of the Adirondacks

Sacandaga Park, NY 12134 - Telephone 925-2355 - Area Code 518

Built in 1890, [historic marker states 1891] this beautiful
Grounds of the Adirondack Inn image. Click for full size.
Collection of J. Connor
4. Grounds of the Adirondack Inn
This postcard depicts the reflecting pond surrounded by decorative wooden railings located on the grounds of the Adirondack Inn.
eighty year old resort hotel containing 90 rooms and baths will more than please the most discriminating clientele. The aura and elegance of the Victorian era pervade throughout every corner of this enchanting huge mansion - fit for a prince and princess - (and thou concealed to the eye, every modern equipment and convenience is present). The gourmet restaurant seats 200 plus additional seating for 500 in adjoining banquet rooms. Ideal for parties, weddings and conventions. There are two bars - cocktail lounges - with a 200 seating capacity. Attractions include a huge heated swimming pool - 3 tennis courts - shuffleboard courts - horseback riding. A 9-hole golf course adjoins the 10 acre picturesque, landscaped gardens and grounds. Walking distance to Greater Sacandaga Lake. Swimming, boating, fishing. Winter ski lodges such as Silver Bell and others are within 10 miles of the hotel with Snowmobiles available. Room service - elevator. Spending leisure time at the Adirondack Inn holds a memorable treat in store for every guest. The kitchens are staffed by the finest European chefs who can produce the gourmet foods to suit the most demanding taste.
Also see . . .
1. Atlantis of the Adirondacks. Website that describes Sacandaga Park of which the Adirondack Inn was a main attraction. (Submitted on September 9, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Adirondack Inn Brochure image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, August 30, 2008
5. Adirondack Inn Brochure
This promotional pamplet about the Adirondack Inn is on display in the Northville Northampton Historical Museum, a relocated and restored little red one-room school house behind the municiple building in the village of Northville. The text of the pamphlet is in the write-up for this marker.

2. Sacandaga Park - park history. More Local History and photos concerning Sacandaga Park and the Adirondack Inn (Submitted on September 9, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 
Additional keywords. Sacandaga Park Northville FJ&G Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville RR
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 2,586 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 9, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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