It’s summer and like many of you, there are times
whenwe want to sit back outside and take in the amazing views the Park has to offer. I am sure most of you reading this do so in your Adirondack Chair–the low slung, durable, all wooden chair with wide armrests that perfectly hold a cool summer beverage as you bask in the Park’s beauty. The Adirondack Chair epitomizes leisure in America. But have you ever wondered about the cultural history associated with the Adirondack Chair?
In 1903, a vacationing Canadian, Thomas Lee was enjoying the view of Lake Champlain in Westport, NY. He wanted to sit and relax and take in the stunning sunset over the water, but was frustrated he didn’t have any outdoor furniture. He created a simple design that was durable and comfortable.
Later that summer his hunting friend, Harry Bunnell, enjoyed the piece of outdoor furniture so much he asked Lee if during the off season he could produce more of Lee’s chairs in his wood shop. Lee agreed. During the off season, Bunnell produced the chairs and in 1904 Bunnell patented the design.
Over the years, many Adirondack carpenters have created their own Adirondack chairs, each adding their unique flair. However, as we sit outside enjoying the Adirondack summer on our wooden chairs, it is Thomas Lee that we can thank today for his original idea.
Until Next Time,