Tuesday, September 29, 2015


For a short talk and a long stroll thru the historic Victorian village of Round Lake, New York in Saratoga County.
(remember, as in all my post you can click on the photos to see them larger)

Today (thru the Center for Creative Retirement in Continuing Education at SUNY/HVCC) we headed just a few minutes north to village of Round Lake which is on the National Register of Historic Places.  Round Lake started in 1867 as a Methodist Camp Meeting; similar to Oak Park on Martha's Vineyard and Ocean Grove in New Jersey.  Our tour was lead by historian and former village Mayor, Bill Ryan.
We started out in the Tabernacle, were Bill gave a brief history of the town and we were treated to a few selections on the Ferris Tracker Organ.
Then we headed out for our stroll.  Round Lake is modeled after the camp on Martha's Vineyard.
During his talk Mayor Ryan told how 30 years ago he officiated his oldest daughter's wedding, then later his younger daughter's and most recently his granddaughter's here in the Tabernacle. 
Out on to the very narrow streets to look at the beautiful Victorian homes.  Unfortunately many of the homes have burned, also some of the hotels and the arcade (which housed the camps stores and businesses.) 
One of the remaining hotels.the Round Lake Village Inn, which is now a rooming house.
Alumni Hall was the headquarters for the schools which later became Shenendahowa School District.
The Camp Meeting's Fire House, but at the time of the meeting it had no mechanical apparatus.
Round Lake Library
This octagonal house has an interesting story, Scott the assistant historian told us many years ago when a couple had purchased the house and started to move in; they found the former resident still in the home.  She refused to leave and they had to call officials to remove her.  Feeling sorry for her, a neighbor offered to let her move into their home.  The officials suggested they not, they told them if you let her move in she will never leave.  And unfortunately she didn't!!
The homes, which were originally used during the Summer time usually had large windows for light and fresh air, balconies and porches.
And of course they are Victorians so there is plenty of ginger bread and traditional Victorian color around.
The only stone house in the village.
This home has a tower and no one is sure why.  It is accessible, but research has never revealed why it was built.
One of the smallest remaining cottages is now a shed.
This is a shed, but it is too cute!
Mayor Bill didn't want to trek down the little hill to see this historic metal house (because as he said, "then we would have to walk back up it) but I found two photos of it.  When the Camp Meetings started worshipers stayed in tents; when the "tent thing" got old they brought in these easy to assemble metal small metal structures.  The literally set it in place and pushed up the walls.  There is on left on (12) Haven Avenue.
This first photo is from 2009.
This photo from 2011.  If you go to Google Maps just search 12 Haven Avenue, Round Lake, NY and in the street view just scroll to the right for a much better look.  The way is looks in 2011 is much as it looks today.
As I said the streets are quite narrow, there is no street parking in the village.  When the village was a Camp Meeting, the guests did not have cars, they either came by train (which had a station in the village) or carriage.  The carriages would be kept in communal barns just outside of the camp.  Now home owners either make shift parking or have acquired property to build garages.  But you can see how tight the streets are.  And yes they are drivable public streets.
We were being watched!
We heard some fun stories and had a beautiful stroll but off to lunch.  One of our favorite restaurants is Lake Ridge Restaurant.
I love this old photo of the building before it became Lake Ridge.
Oh, and lest you ask, yes there is a Round Lake.  It is across from the village, across route 9.  It is a favorite for fishing and kayaking.
The lovely day is slowly turning to some much needed rain, so we head on home after lunch to enjoy the rest of the evening.

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