So much history, and so accessible, too. The charm of our towns and villages is partly from the fascinating architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Adirondack history is not only the story of beautiful nature. It is also the story of the Industrial Revolution. The water power and abundant natural resources of the area were attractive to early settlers, and soon titans of industry were building luxurious homes and headquarters.

The Champlain Lighthouse is part of a history site

Explore the downtowns, waterfronts, and historic buildings with our many historic walking tours. Choose your own speed.

Let history surround you

There are many leisurely historic walking tours through one of the area's eclectic lakeside communities, with some amazing collections of architecture. We never get tired of exploring the historic town of Essex, featured on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the few remaining villages in America featuring intact pre-Civil War architecture. The La Chute River Walk Trail is another local favorite for exploring the natural and industrial milling history along the La Chute River near Fort Ticonderoga.

 

Legendary

Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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Port Henry
Park Place, Port Henry | (518) 546-9855
An historic collection of a wide array of architectural styles throughout the village.
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register.
History
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register.
History
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register.
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
History
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Crown Point
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-4649
The exhibit tells the life story of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge and interprets the historic toll collector's house, operating as the Lake Champlain Visitors Center by the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau since 1993.
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Crown Point
703 Creek Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3804
Museum of local history. Birthplace of the Electric Age. 1826 homestead, carriage barn, church, threshing barn, cow barn. Take our historic walking tour along the edge of Putnam's Creek. Fishing on Penfield Pond by permit. Inquire about using our...
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Crown Point
NYS DEC Campground Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3603
The site of the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse has a rich historic past. It was originally occupied by a windmill, built by the French in 1737. The Champlain Memorial Lighthouse rises from a small point of land just south of the Champlain Bridge. The...
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Crown Point
NYS DEC Campground Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3603
The site of the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse has a rich historic past. It was originally occupied by a windmill, built by the French in 1737. The Champlain Memorial Lighthouse rises from a small point of land just south of the Champlain Bridge. The...
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Crown Point
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-4649
The exhibit tells the life story of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge and interprets the historic toll collector's house, operating as the Lake Champlain Visitors Center by the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau since 1993.
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Keeseville
1745 Main Street, Keeseville | (518) 834-9328
Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondacks. AARCH was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Adirondacks' unique...
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