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.
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.