Very quotable sign.
THE ADIRONDACK MUSEUM.
Exactly one year ago this weekend, I was at the Adirondack Museum. And I just realized I never wrote a blog post about it, or showed you the very interesting pictures I took there!
I took a lot, as there are many cool things to see here, but I will try to show you readers the highlights.
The Adirondack museum is located about 45 minutes North of our vacation house. It's actually many smaller museums combined. There is a large visitor center made to look like an old style inn built of logs, and once you pass through there is a big open courtyard area with about a dozen smaller buildings, each dedicated to a certain aspect of Adirondack mountain life. There is a boat museum, one about horses and carriages, a logging museum, a building about trains and rail cars, and there are also examples of old types of tourist lodgings around a small lake.
I will try to go in the rough order in which I visited each building, and promise not to exceed the site's image quota for a blog post. So here goes.
|The Visitor Center.|
|This is a display showing how the Adirondack mountain men cooked their meals over a fire. As Civil War reenactors, we are all too familiar with this already.|
"On a stormy day, everyone would come in all wet. The place would be full of old, dirty, wet clothes, and stinking old socks, and to top this off, the teamsters would bring in their old harness and drip them dry on the wood pile...when they got a good, big fire going, the air was not too sanitary..." (Lumber Camp News, 1850)
Handling the logs was a dirty business, and all that raw and unmilled wood was sure to cause the occasional splinter, as in an example shown below:
|Another saw quite different from the ones we have today.|
TWO NOTEWORTHY THINGS INSIDE THE BOAT EXHIBIT:
|Recreation of the inside of a boat builder's shop.|
|This natural decoration of uncut tree branches and sticks is a signature Adirondack style seen only in the North country. I kind of like it. Wouldn't it be cool to make a railing on a deck this way for your house?|
|Included in a display of vintage kitchen, picnic and food containers and utensils. Yes, that is an incredibly ornate glass bottle of Heinz tomato ketchup from the turn of the century.|
|This is exactly what it looks like. A snow plow meant to be dragged by a team of horses. Behind it is a large wood drum filled with water or sand, meant to flatten and compress the snow to make a better road surface.|
|Inside a wagonwright's shop.|
|No, that isn't a real horse. On the wall are many different types of horse shoes.|
|A very elegant stage coach, just like the ones that always got robbed by bandits.|
|Interesting addition to make the exhibit more lifelike, a tired coach driver. No, he's not real.|
There was also a historic house on the site with some stunning examples of more Adirondack style handmade furnishings.
OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM ON THE GROUNDS:
This obviously isn't everything. But I do hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of the Adirondack Museum. I had to leave some things for you to see yourself if you decide to make a trip to visit. I would recommend it if you are fascinated by old stuff.