The Roycroft Campus of East Aurora, New York, is home to beautiful buildings, sublime artwork, and iconic furniture. Finding the inn, the print shop, or the copper shop requires little effort. But the stable, which is now home to the Roycroft Inn and…

A Utopia for lifelong learners, the Chautauqua Institution was founded in 1874 by Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent. Initially, Miller and Vincent sought to improve the teachings of Sunday Schools, but the scope of their project quickly grew and…

Nestled between the trees just outside of Woodstock sits The Maverick Concert Hall, the brainchild of Hervey White. Built in 1916, the structure was the happy result of White’s quest for a space that cultivated creativity with few constraints –…

The Shakers are well known for their traditions in vocal music. Countless personal and printed music books survive, attesting to the wide scope of their unique spirituals. First composed without text and performed with wordless syllables, spirituals…

Like Lyman Epps, Sr., James Henderson hailed from Troy, New York and migrated to Timbucto. Henderson left Troy with his wife, Susan, and five children in 1848 and they became some of the first African American settlers in North Elba. He was a cobbler…

In 1849, Lyman Epps, Sr. left Troy, New York with his wife, Anna, and two kids. The family set out on a journey to establish a new home in the Adirondack Mountains. Epps, Sr. was one of the three thousand grantees given untouched land by Gerrit…

Approximately one mile north of the John Brown Farmhouse is a small rural cemetery scattered with marble headstones. Carved into two of those headstones in the North Elba Cemetery are the names of one of the earliest settlers of Timbucto and one of…

One of John Brown’s final requests upon his death was that his body be taken back to North Elba, New York to be buried on his farm. After being executed on December 2, 1859 for his role in the raid on Harpers Ferry, Brown’s widow, Mary, retrieved…