Great Camp Sagamore is an extraordinary, historic icon of American Adirondack style – where celebrities, politicians and world leaders have gathered to dream big, connect with others and allow ideas to take root. And this still happens today.
We are a National Historic Landmark celebrating the work of architect/developer, William West Durant. A wilderness estate that is the prototype of Adirondack style; Sagamore was the Adirondack home of the Vanderbilt family (1901-1954) and staff--a rustic community that was famous for parties, people, celebrities and visiting world leaders.
Join us for a tour, a program, a class or stay the night to experience nature, our dark night skies, quiet waters, and friendship with others who have come to soak in all things Sagamore.
What to Expect During Your Stay
Expect for a few short days to live in community in an authentic great camp. Expect to enjoy the natural beauty of the Adirondacks. Expect astonishing views of the stars, the scent of balsam in the air, and lack of traffic noise.
Also expect no smoking in any building, no pets, no maid service, no hard liquor (beer and wine are available at Sagamore). Expect children to be supervised by you at all times. Expect to be unplugged! Expect superb water—please don’t bring bottled water. Expect casual dress (no heels please—nothing is paved) at all times.
Great Camp Sagamore is an iconic great camp—not a hotel, motel, or resort. Expect instead, a complete experience in learning and living a “bit of history” in an incomparable setting. Great Camp Sagamore guests come for programs, not specific rooms. Expect that we will meet as many requests as possible, but can never make housing guarantees. Sagamore is able to offer you the rare privilege of staying in and learning at a National Historic Landmark. Expect a one-of-a kind experience.
The Mission of the Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks
Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks is the steward of Great Camp Sagamore and is dedicated to its use for education and interpretation. Our mission is to foster understanding, care, and respect for nature, people and their critical interdependence. Great Camp Sagamore strives to be a place where broad and diverse audiences gather to use these unique buildings and natural setting to explore and understand our Adirondack culture, environment, and relationship to both.