The Sagamore

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The Sagamore Resort
Lakeside view of the Sagamore Hotel
Nearest city Bolton Landing, New York
Built 1882
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Queen Anne
NRHP reference # 83001824 [1]
Added to NRHP July 21, 1983

The Sagamore is a Victorian-era resort hotel located on Lake George in Bolton Landing, New York. It occupies the private Green Island on Lake George. Since 1983 it has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Sagamore is a member of Historic Hotel of America,[2] the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Lobby interior

The Sagamore opened in 1883, financed by a number of prominent summer residents. It soon succeeded in attracting a wealthy clientele.

The hotel was named after "the Sagamore," an American Indian character in James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 novel The Last of the Mohicans. Several of Lake George's nearby islands are also named after characters from the book.

Twice damaged by fire, in 1893 and 1914, the Sagamore was rebuilt in the early 1920s by prominent local architect Robert Rheinlander. It was then fully reconstructed in 1930 through the efforts of Dr. William G. Beckers of New York City, one of the hotel's early stockholders, and William H. Bixby, a St. Louis industrialist. Together they financed the cost in spite of the bleak economic climate of the period.

Throughout its history, the Sagamore has been a social center for wealthy tourists and residents of Millionaires' Row, the stately mansions along Lake George's western shore.

The hotel eventually fell into disrepair before closing its doors in 1981.[3] In 1983, one hundred years after construction of the first Sagamore, builder and real estate developer Norman Wolgin of Philadelphia purchased the hotel and restored it. In the same year, the resort was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The resort is currently managed by Delray Beach, Florida-based Ocean Properties, which bought it in 2008.[4]

In January 2009, the Sagamore announced that it would close for the winter months due to the economic recession.


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