While numerous books have been written about the great camps, hiking trails, and wildlife of the Adirondacks, noted anthropologist David R. Starbuck offers the only archeological guide to a region long overlooked by archeologists who thought that “all the best sites” were elsewhere. This beautifully illustrated volume focuses on the rich and varied material culture brought to the mountains by their original Native American inhabitants, along with subsequent settlements created by soldiers, farmers, industrialists, workers, and tourists. Starbuck examines Native American sites on Lake George and Long Lake; military and underwater sites throughout the Lake George, Fort Ticonderoga, and Crown Point regions; old industrial sites where forges, tanneries, and mines once thrived; farms and the rural landscape; and many other sites, including the abandoned Frontier Town theme park, the ghost town of Adirondac, Civilian Conservation Corps camps, ski areas, and graveyards.
Preface • Traces of the Past in the Adirondacks • Native Americans • Forts and Battlefields • Industrial Ruins in the Adirondacks • Family Farms and the Rural Landscape • Tourism and the Hospitality Industry • Life and Death in the Adirondacks • What Does the Future Hold? • Appendix: Adirondack Attractions with Collections and Exhibits of Interest to Archeologists • Further Reading • Index