Dream of a Lake George Park

Lake George Library 336 Canada Street, Lake George, NY

Starting back in 1923, people began talking about establishing a Lake George Park, to include the central section of Lake George (the islands of the Narrows, with mountains on both sides, plus Northwest Bay, and Paradise Bay), to prevent development and preserve the beautiful scenery. John Apperson, an engineer at GE, in Schenectady, wanted to... Read more »

For the Love of Island Camping

Lake George Land Conservancy 4905 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY

Over one hundred years ago, when John Apperson made his first trip to Lake George, he enjoyed camping on the islands in the Narrows, winter and summer, and brought many friends along to try out a range of sports, such as skate sailing and skiing. For a large group of men (and women) who worked... Read more »

Saving the Islands at Lake George

Hague Market 9844 Graphite Mountain Road, Hague, NY

Ms. Brown will talk about the following themes: Adopting Dome Island and the state-owned islands in the Narrows; removing squatters (wealthy landowners who wanted to be able to lock up their favorite campgrounds and post no trespassing signs); raising the alarm about water levels; problems with corrupt government officials; litigation against the International Paper Company... Read more »

Protecting Dome Island, the Centerpiece of Lake George

Lake George Historical Association 290 Canada Street, Lake George, NY

Dome Island is often described as a sort of centerpiece of Lake George. Remarkably, no mansions or hotels were ever constructed there, thanks to the efforts of a young engineer from GE, in Schenectady, who took upon himself the challenge of protecting the island from developers and other harms. In 1917, noticing problems caused by... Read more »

Adirondack Activism: John Apperson’s Story

Darrin Fresh Water Institute 5060 Lake Shore Dr, Bolton Landing, NY

Politics, Propaganda and a Prolonged Struggle for Power – In 1915, Apperson made a speech at the NY Constitutional Convention against legislation that would allow the state to lease campsites through the Adirondack Park; In 1917, he won appropriations ($10,000) to repair the shores of islands in the Narrows; In 1922, Apperson and Warwick Carpenter... Read more »

Author’s Night

Hoss's Country Corner 1142 Main Street, Long Lake, NY

Saving the Islands at Lake George

Huletts on Lake George 4100 Margot Lane, Huletts Landing, NY

Ms. Brown will talk about the following themes: Adopting Dome Island and the state-owned islands in the Narrows; removing squatters (wealthy landowners who wanted to be able to lock up their favorite campgrounds and post no trespassing signs); raising the alarm about water levels; problems with corrupt government officials; litigation against the International Paper Company... Read more »