There’s no doubt that summer camp is a beloved American tradition. After all, around 14 million children and adults attend camp in the U.S. every year. Not only that, but more than 38 million Americans regularly go fishing or hunting.
Despite that, it doesn’t look like anyone is clamoring to buy the Adirondack Camp compound that once belonged to, among others, legendary financier J.P. Morgan and the Boy Scouts of Rockland County. In an effort to drum up interest for the historic home, the current owners have reduced the listing price from its original $3.25 million to $2.7 million.
The 1,500 acre property was built in 1895 by William West Durant, who is often associated with the signature Adirondack Great Camp style. J.P. Morgan purchased it from Durant two years later, and for the next half-century, he used the property — known as “Great Camp Uncas” — as a vacation home. After the death of J.P. Morgan, Jr. in the early 1940s, the home was sold to Mrs. Margaret Emerson, wife of Alfred Vanderbilt. Emerson already owned the estate next door, and she often invited notable acquaintances over for entertaining. Some of her guests included then-Secretary of State, George Marshall; First Lady of the Republic of China, Madame Chiang Kai Shek; and financier and statesman, Bernard Baruch.
Then, in 1965, the property changed hands yet again when it was sold to the Boy Scouts of Rockland County, New York. After that, it was purchased by Howard Kirschenbaum and Barbara Glaser, who performed an extensive restoration. When the couple divorced in the 1980s, they split up the property between them; now, Kirschenbaum’s share of the camp is up for grabs.
Filled with natural wood and rustic furnishings, the lodge itself has five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. While there will undoubtedly be upgrades that need to be made, the home has ample charm and is steeped in American history. In fact, it was designated as a historical landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior in 2010.
The property also comes with two cabins, a boathouse, and is located within a reserve known as the Great Camps Historic Recreational Area. Designated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the area is home to hiking trails and Mohegan Lake, where visitors can fish, swim, canoe, or kayak. The home’s buyer will also get all of the furniture as well as an original Emerson Adirondack guide boat, two canoes, and a rowboat for all their recreational needs.
While the asking price may be too rich for some, buyers willing to make the investment will be treated to a true taste of history along with rural luxury.