Adirondack Story

The Adirondack Park is the largest park in the continental United States, but it is not an isolated wilderness. Since its creation in 1892, The Adirondack Park has been a "peopled" wilderness: currently 130,000 residents of 102 towns and villages live within the park's boundaries.

Through its early history, the Adirondack Mountains were natural borderlands or boundaries between Native American peoples, between Europeans, and finally between Britain and the United States. The end of the Revolutionary War did not bring an end to conflict in the region.

Throughout the century since the park's formation, competing voices have struggled to define an Adirondack Park that sustains human as well as natural communities. The debate continues today. A region of vast natural resource, a wilderness preserve, a home for people patching together a hard living, the history of the Adirondacks is a contested terrain of stories about men, women and children — and the land.

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