New York

Adirondacks: A Tour Through Follensby Pond

More than 15 miles of the Follensby Pond property border 'forever wild' state land in New York’s Adirondack Park.

This wooded area, tucked away on the lake’s southeastern shore, is believed to be the site of the Philosophers' Camp of 1858. That excursion is captured in time in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem, The Adirondacs and William James Stillman’s painting, Philosophers’ Camp.

During the McCormick family’s ownership, Follensby Pond was considered the largest lake owned by a private individual east of the Mississippi River. It is about 1,000 acres with 11.5 miles of undeveloped shoreline.

The Follensby Pond outlet winds its way through a high-quality wetland before it meets the Raquette River where the mature silver maple floodplain forests is considered the best example of that natural community type in the Adirondacks.

Bertha 'Bird' McCormick taught her children and grandchildren how to fish on Follensby Pond. An ardent conservationist during her lifetime, Bird once chaired The Nature Conservancy of Vermont’s board of trustees.

Several generations of McCormicks enjoyed Follensby Pond as a private retreat over the course of more than five decades.

The 14,600-acre tract blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Large, protected forests help to store, produce, and filter fresh water.


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