Camp Uncas

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Camp Uncas
Camp Uncas gate in 1899
Camp Uncas is located in New York
Camp Uncas
Camp Uncas is located in the US
Camp Uncas
Nearest city Raquette Lake, New York
Coordinates 43°44′38″N 74°38′53″W / 43.74389°N 74.64806°W / 43.74389; -74.64806Coordinates: 43°44′38″N 74°38′53″W / 43.74389°N 74.64806°W / 43.74389; -74.64806
Built 1893
Architect William West Durant
Architectural style Other
MPS Great Camps of the Adirondacks TR
NRHP reference #


Added to NRHP April 3, 1987

Camp Uncas, began in 1890, was the second Adirondack Great Camp built by William West Durant for his own use, after Camp Pine Knot, which he sold to industrialist Collis P. Huntington, due to financial difficulties. It was built on the shore of 110-acre (45 ha) Lake Mohegan, near Sagamore Camp. Uncas was completed in two years.


The camp was built of logs felled on the property, and all iron hardware was forged on site. In the main lodge and dining hall, the log construction was unusual in that the logs were not interlocked, as in conventional log buildings, but rather were pinned together at beveled corners. The scale is massive: the dining hall is 24-by-36-foot (7.3 by 11.0 m), the walls 12 feet (3.7 m) high at the eves with a cathedral ceiling 20 feet (6.1 m) high at the ridge, with a huge fireplace on one side. Floors, walls and ceilings were all of polished planks and peeled and polished natural logs.

In 1896, Durant sold Uncas to J. Pierpont Morgan with 1,100 acres (450 ha). After Morgan's death in 1913, the camp stayed in the Morgan family until 1947, when it was sold to the widow of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, who also owned Sagamore. General and Mrs. George Marshall, as guests of Mrs. Vanderbilt, entertained Madame Chiang Kai-shek at Uncas in 1949.[2] Mrs. Vanderbilt left Uncas to a foundation, which sold it; eventually it was bought by the Rockland County Boy Scouts who used it as a camp.[3] In 1975, it was returned to private use.[4]

The camp was included in a multiple property submission for listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, and was listed there in 1987.[5] The camp was designated a National Historic Landmark on October 7, 2008.[6]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Barbanel, Josh (5 September 1983). "VOTERS TO DECIDE BATTLE OVER UPSTATE CAMP". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "OLD MORGAN CAMP BOUGHT FOR SCOUTS". The New York Times. 20 July 1967. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Faber, Harold (7 October 1975). "State Buys Vanderbilts' Adirondack Camp". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Gobrecht, Larry E. (July 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Great Camps of the Adirondacks" (pdf). National Park Service. 
  6. ^ "Interior Designates 16 New National Historic Landmarks". United States Department of the Interior. October 14, 2008. Archived from the original on October 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 


  • Gilborn, Craig. Durant: Fortunes and Woodland Camps of a Family in the Adirondacks. Utica, NY: North Country Books, 1981.
  • Gilborn, Craig. Adirondack Camps: Homes Away from Home, 1850-1950. Blue Mountain Lake, NY: Adirondack Museum; Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000.
  • Kaiser, Harvey. Great Camps of the Adirondacks. Boston: David R. Godine, 1982.

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