AN ELEGANT WILDERNESS:
Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks, 1855-1935
by Gladys Montgomery
An Elegant Wilderness: Great Camps and Grand
of the Adirondacks, 1855-1935, by Gladys Montgomery, provides a unique, evocative view of the
private retreats of the Gilded Age industrial rich who traveled to the North Woods to experience
the wilderness. Transported in private Pullman cars, wealthy urbanites arrived with French chefs,
retinues of servants, tennis and singing coaches, chauffeurs, secretaries, and famous houseguests.
Light-years away from other upscale resorts, the Adirondacks was a place where social proprieties
relaxed, where men hunted in deer-filled forests, women shed their corsets to hike, hunt, fish,
and play tennis, and children learned to love the great outdoors.
Rustic architecture was one aspect of their experience. On the shores of the region's shimmering
lakes, in high style log lodges with dozens of bedrooms, massive fireplaces, icehouses and
boathouses, railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington, mining magnates Adolph Lewisohn and Daniel
Guggenheim, financiers J. Pierpont Morgan and Otto Kahn, New York governor Levi Morton, and
philosopher William James relaxed, networked, and socialized. Women camp owners included Lucy
Carnegie, Margaret Emerson (Vanderbilt), and Marjorie Merriweather Post. For them, a "camp" in the
Adirondacks was the woodland equivalent of the opulent "cottage" in Newport.
Published by Acanthus Press in collaboration with The Adirondack Museum, An Elegant
the first book about the North Woods to combine architectural, social, and cultural history,
biography, and nearly 250 archival photographs of rustic homes, idyllic lakes, and recreational
pastimes, most published here for the first time.
Critically acclaimed and widely admired, An Elegant Wilderness earned The Victorian Society
York's 2011 Book Award and the Adirondack Writing Center's Adirondack Literary Award for
|An Elegant Wilderness: Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks,
Gladys Montgomery, Author
Acanthus Press (July 11, 2011)
About the Author:
Gladys Montgomery is an award-winning writer and editor. The author of five books and the founding
editor of Berkshire Living Home + Garden, she has penned more than 200 magazine features about
architecture, design, antiques, and historic buildings, which have appeared in regional, national,
and international publications. In 2007, she translated this expertise into a real estate career
with The Kinderhook Group in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.