An Elegant Wilderness

An Elegant Wilderness

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"AN ELEGANT WILDERNESS recounts the story of the private retreats of the Gilded Age industrial rich who traveled north from New York City to experience wilderness. Light-years away from other upscale resorts, the Adirondacks was a place where constricting social proprieties relaxed; women shed their corsets to hike, hunt, fish, and play tennis; and children learned to appreciate the great outdoors.

On the shores of the region's shimmering lakes, in high-style rustic cabins with dozens of bedrooms, two-story fireplaces, icehouses and boathouses, railroad tycoon Collis P. Huntington, mining magnate Daniel Guggenheim, financiers J. Pierpont Morgan and Otto Kahn, New York governor Levi Morton, Teddy Roosevelt, and philosopher William James entertained, networked, and philosophized. Powerful, brilliant, and wealthy women camp owners included Lucy Carnegie, Margaret Emerson (Vanderbilt), and Marjorie Merriweather Post.

Published in collaboration with the Adirondack Museum, AN ELEGANT WILDERNESS combines architectural, cultural, and social history with biography, illustrated with evocative archival black-and-white photographs of rustic villas and their eccentric, lavish interiors, idyllic lakes, and recreational pastimes, most of which are published here for the first time."

Item #G72210

272 pages of rustic elegance for your "camp's" coffee table and library!

Copy and cover artwork, courtesy of Acanthus Press