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Adirondack History Center Museum/ Essex County Historical Society

Historic Museums and Attractions

The Worked/Wild Exhibition emerged from a series of meetings with community members. Community discussion gave rise to complex themes and compelling agendas about life in the Adirondacks. "Us and Them" dichotomies mixed with shared emotional responses to the land, loneliness and isolation vs. the tourist season hustle and bustle; the richness of nature contrasted with the human poverty. In the discussions leading up to the exhibition, community members expressed their pride in this place, their love of the landscape and how much their past reflects who they are today. Despite the differing perspectives, residents and visitors alike care deeply for the historic past and the environmental future. In the words of poet Jeanne Robert Foster, "You will grow like the place where you live."

Don't Miss This When Visiting

Worked/Wild Exhibition

Fire Observation Tower, Colonial Gardens, Farmer's Market Fridays 9:00am – 1:00pm

The Adirondack History Center Museum is located in a neoclassical style, former high school building located in the center of Elizabethtown, New York. The Adirondack History Center displays and interprets more than 6,000 artifacts, documents and art representing two centuries of Essex County life. The stucco structure built in 1915 contains exhibition space on three levels. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, special programs and exhibits are offered including lectures, performances, workshops, tours and traveling exhibits. The museum grounds include a formal, landscaped garden, an Adirondack lean-to, a sugar house, a fire tower, and an Adirondack style open-air farmers' market pavilion. The operation of the Adirondack History Center Museum is the principal activity of the Essex County Historical Society. The Essex County Historical Society is dedicated to interpreting Essex County history in a manner that inspires reflection, scholarship and comprehension of the land and endeavors of the inhabitants of the Adirondack/Champlain region. Our richest assets are the combination of documents, artifacts and art that with interpretation tell engaging and enjoyable stories that strive to be an authentic presentation of the human face of the Adirondacks.

Learn more about Essex County history at the North Star Underground Railroad Museum at Ausable Chasm, the Willsboro Heritage Museum, the Willsboro Visitor Center, the Westport Heritage House, the Iron Center in Port Henry, the Penfield Homestead Museum in Crown Point, the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum and the Ticonderoga Historical Society. Other related sites include the John Brown Farm near Lake Placid, the forts at the Crown Point State Historic site, and Fort Ticonderoga.

Suggested Further Reading

Available at the Museum’s bookshop and at the Brewster Research Library at the Museum


Season and Hours Open

Plan a Visit - The Museum is open 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week from late May through mid-October. The Brewster Library is open all year by appointment only.