The Raquette River is unique and well known for its natural as well as its cultural history. The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks also known as “The Wild Center” offers an entertaining and informative interactive learning experience about the Adirondack landscape, the wild creatures that inhabit its variety of eco-systems and human kind’s interaction with the last great wilderness in the eastern United States. Information on the Wild Center can be found at www.wildcenter.org.
The human history of the Adirondacks is also fascinating. From the region’s earliest Native American inhabitants through the French and British Colonial periods to the mills, mines and Great Camps of the 19th and 20th centuries, the region is rich in American history. The Adirondack Museum located in Blue Mountain Lake offers a world class heritage experience including collections of a wide range of historic watercraft from Native American dugout canoes to Guide Boats and motor launches. Its collection of historic buildings associated with Adirondack Great Camps and its art collection are spectacular. Information on the Adirondack Museum can be found at www.adkmuseum.org.
In addition to the Raquette River’s two major institutions, many of the smaller communities along the Blueway Trail maintain museums focused on local history. Local museums can be found in Tupper Lake, Piercefield, Colton, Pierrepont, Potsdam, Norwood, Norfolk, and Massena.
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, or TAUNY, is a not-for-profit organization that preserves and celebrates the Adirondack-North Country Region of New York State. TAUNY offers periodic exhibits on the North Country’s folk life and music. Visit TAUNY at: www.tauny.org.