Keese Mill, New York

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Saint Regis Presbyterian Church, designed by William L. Coulter

Keeses Mills, a.k.a. Keeses Mill and rarely Keese Mill, is a hamlet west of Paul Smiths, New York in the Town of Brighton, Franklin County, New York in the Adirondacks. It is named for a sawmill that was located on the Keeses Mills dam on the Saint Regis River. Keeses Mills road, which starts at Paul Smiths, is the only road in the hamlet; it provides access to Black Pond and Long Pond, trails to Saint Regis and Jenkins Mountains and the Saint Regis Esker Trail, and the middle branch of the Saint Regis River.


Keese Mill Road, the hamlet of Otisville

Oliver Keese and Thomas A. Tomlinson, lumbermen and mill operators from Keeseville, New York built a sawmill there in 1851, which became the center of a small community.[1] In 1923, Marjorie Merriweather Post built Camp Topridge, a Great Camp on the esker between the nearby Spectacle Ponds and Upper Saint Regis Lake. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[2]


  1. ^ Seaver, Frederick J., Historical Sketches of Franklin County, Albany: J.B. Lyon & Co., 1918, p. 206 (see Ray's Place)
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

Further reading[edit]

  • Jamieson, Paul and Morris, Donald, Adirondack Canoe Waters, North Flow, Lake George, NY: Adirondack Mountain Club, 1987. ISBN 0-935272-43-7.

Coordinates: 44°25′57″N 74°17′46″W / 44.43250°N 74.29611°W / 44.43250; -74.29611