On Father’s Day weekend, New York State will host its annual “Path Through History Weekend,” which will showcase New York’s rich history at various events and activities throughout the state. For those of you in the Adirondacks, this weekend is a prime opportunity to take a family trip and learn more about our region’s history.
Photo courtesy of Fort Ticonderoga
From historic sites to living history museums, there will be many places and events for you to choose from. To make your exploration of history easier, we’ve compiled a list of the 12 best places to visit in and around the Adirondacks June 18 & 19.
1. Saranac Lake
If you visit the Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum during the history weekend, you’ll be able to check out the new “Medical Marvels” exhibition, which features antique medical devices.
2. Lake Placid
Lake Placid will feature two different history events during the weekend. The first, on June 18, is a tour of the Remsen to Lake Placid railroad corridor that is currently sold out for this year.
However, on both days, the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society History Museum will be open. Check out this summer’s exhibits, including: an exhibit on the early history of Lake Placid, and an exhibit on the Lake Placid volunteer fire department.
3. Bolton Landing
Open daily from June 15 – September 15, the Sembrich opera museum in Bolton Landing showcases the life and career of prima donna Marcella Sembrich. The museum itself is Sembrich’s former teaching studio.
4. Lake George
During “Path Through History Weekend,” Fort William Henry will feature its memorable living history demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and more.
There will be a cheese and spirits pairing event on June 18 at Nettle Meadow Farm. You can sign up for a tour of the cheese plant and farm as well as shop at the local vendors.
On June 18 and 19, there will be guided tours of residential and civic districts throughout Warrensburg. Each tour will be about three hours long, and reservations are required.
In celebration of “Path Through History Weekend,” the Warrensburg Museum of Local History will be open for extra hours, from 9:00AM – 3:00PM, on both June 18 and 19.
June 18 is Scots Day at Fort Ticonderoga. You can explore the Scottish Clan tents and check out the daily demonstrations and performances.
8. Crown Point
The Penfield Homestead Museum opens for tours on June 18. The museum is open every Saturday and Sunday until October 9. The tour follows along the Crown Point Iron Company and Railroad industrial complex. Informational signs provide descriptions about the history of iron ore and electricity in American industry.
Visit Constable Hall on June 19 and take a free tour through the historic home. Also on site, there will be a classic auto show along with arts and crafts vendors.
10. Glens Falls
At the Crandall Library Folklife Center, you can visit an exhibition titled “El Sueno / The Dream of America.” The exhibition features the photography and text of guest curator Lisa Catalfamo-Flores and focuses on the lives of North Country Latino immigrant workers.
From June 17-19, the Tug Hill Bluegrass Festival will feature a variety of bluegrass bands at Lowville’s Maple Ridge Center.
The galleries at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum will be open throughout the weekend. From historical pieces to contemporary art, the museum has a lot to offer.
Will you spend this year’s Father’s Day weekend at one of these local events?
- I Love NY/Path Through History – Path Through History Weekend