Scrapbook: History of Bird Camp
Scrapbook: Bird Camp Today
About Our Property
Barns and Coops
Scrapbook: Gorgeous property
Building Chicken Coop
Local Things To Do:
Scenic Train North Creek
Garnet Hill Lodge
Abandoned Garnet Mine Tour
Hiking - Walking
Scrapbook of Things to Do
Things to Do A Little Further:
Blue Mountain Lake
Helm Air Tours—Long Lake
In the Press:
83 Cemetery Road
North River, NY 12856
HISTORIC BIRD CAMP:
AN AUTHENTIC ADIRONDACK VACATION CABIN
Bird Camp is a delightful 1910 Adirondack cabin which has been lovingly restored by the great-granddaughter of the original owners. Commanding gorgeous mountain views and surrounded by wildflower meadows and pristine woods,
Bird Camp is a wonderful place to rejuvenate, relax and unwind.
During you stay, visit nearby Lake George, North Creek and Blue Mountain Lake …
The property has been treasured by our family since 1910 when my great-grandparents, Tim and Ida Bird of Port Washington, Long Island built the first structure on the property --- a small “shingle style” camp built in the rustic Adirondack style and sited to capitalize on dramatic southward views across the Gore Mountain range and the Hudson River two miles below. Generations of family members came up every summer for the next hundred years. All this history gives the property its own special personality, a unique sense of space --- a treasury of feelings, sensations and memories of family and friends.
The land is truly spectacular. Wildflower meadows spill down the hill, flanked by beautiful forests. There is an ice-cold spring-fed pond and trickling brook beyond. Deer come to nibble on the apple trees, and our blessedly goofy lab dog Sammy bounds like a gazelle gaily in the meadows, then rests under the mules feet as the munch peacefully in the surrounding pastures. There are apple trees planted by my great-grandfather in 1910, and a wonderful historic cemetery next door. On our 50 acres, there are walking trails, logging roads and cleared future home sites with gorgeous views.
Other structures have been added to the property --- my grandparents’ 1920’s cottage, a farmstand with summer cooking kitchen, a chicken coop and a barn. The separate buildings on our property are a related family of traditional forms, each looking out toward the spectacular view and each with its own unique personality. Recently I purchased an additional 40 acres of land where one day I hope to build more unique “new-but-feels-old” vacation cabins; until I can afford to do so, we’re enjoying the newly cleared land and new meadows planting, bringing back lost mountain views from Bird Camp and giving us more grazing pastures for the mules and, maybe, a flock of sheep.
When we moved upstate full time four years ago, we began to call ourselves a “hobby farm” --- meaning that it is for pure pleasure that we enjoy raising chickens and ducks, having large vegetable gardens and orchards, and caring for two old mules and a pony. We’re passionate about animal husbandry, food preservation, building and decorating with unique recycled and re-used materials, architecture and creating a sustainable, financially independent lifestyle that marries our ability to obtain income from our real estate with our passion for land, nature, mountain views.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY: There are many great things to do nearby. We’re located 6 miles to North Creek, 15 miles south of Indian Lake and 30 miles northwest of Lake George.
Enjoy nearby North Creek for dining, shopping and the scenic train to Saratoga.
The pristine Hudson River is a mile down the mountain for fishing, swimming and white water rafting.
The lovely 13th Lake - an unspoiled gorgeous lake -- is just three miles away.
Hike in the nearby Siamese Wilderness where there are numerous hiking trails.
Just up the road is Garnet Hill Lodge for fine dining and mountain biking.
Gore Mountain Ski Center offers summer-time gondola rides and various events.
Don’t miss the Garnet Mines Tours of a nearby abandoned mine.
For handcrafted jewelry and classes, visit the Garnet Studio right here in North River.
THINGS TO DO A LITTLE FURTHER: Although a little bit further, but worth it (especially considering how scenic the drives are!), you may enjoy Lake George with its shops, boat tours, outlet shops, arcades, Six Flag --- about 30 miles away. Don’t miss scenic Blue Mountain Lake where you can rent affordably rent a boat or visit the Adirondack Museum --- about 35 miles away. Go a bit further to Long Lake and get an ariel look at the Adirondacks by taking a reasonably priced plane ride which takes off from the lake and brings you all around the area; thrilling! Millions were spent to build the Wild Center in Tupper Lake which delights both children and adults -- about 70 miles away. NEED ALL LINKS AND IT’S OWN PAGE
To make your reservation and come “upstate” for a truly memorable, authentic vacation experience!
North River is truly a magical place. I believe that you could look for a lifetime and never find more beautiful land in the Adirondacks, or a more picturesque town! Sunday mornings you’ll hear the church bells from the historic Methodist Church just down the hill. Stroll through the historic cemetery next door. Bike the winding road to pristine Thirteenth Lake. Enjoy nearby Garnet Hill Lodge for cross-country skiing or a cocktail by the fireplace. Just down the mountain is the beautiful Hudson River for rafting , swimming and fishing. In July, the amazing once-a-year smell of the wood-fired chicken barbeque will lure you to walk down to the North River Volunteer Fire Department for dinner. Gore Mountain is just six miles away as is the revitalized town North Creek for shopping, dining or a train ride. Ah … North River!b
I AM VERY GRATEFUL ….
Four years ago after a heart-breaking divorce, i decided to leave western Massachusetts and move fulltime to the family property in the Adirondacks. While my daughters were in school, I worked alone month after month, fixing porch beams, scraping and painting trim, sorting through and organizing a hundred years of family “stuff”, hauling old mattresses and broken chairs to the dump, mowing, planting … and doing a lot of thinking … about my marriage, my life, my children, my future. As the buildings became repaired and the rooms came back to life with new and old treasures, I became better too! And as at last Bird Camp was beautiful enough to rent (completely with running water after 100 years!), it was like a garden harvest to reap the benefit of warm reviews and compliments from our vacation guests.
Although I have supplied virtually all the physical labor to pleasurably and tirelessly restore, build, maintain and beautify the property, bringing life back to the camps as well as healing my broken heart, I would not have been able to do any of this important work if not for financial generosity of my father Dick Clement and brother Tom Clement. Dad and Tom: thank you so much for your support, your love, the money you provided. The camps go forward into the future --- restored, refreshed, rejuvenated --- as do I!
We’re all great —- the girls, the mules, the dog, the pony and the camps!
DEDICATE TO AUNT EDIE WHOSE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE SO POIGNANT AND TRULY SHOW LIFE IN THE ADITONDACKS AT TURN OF THE CENTURY
TALK AOBUT HIISTORY OF BROWNIE BOX KODAK CAMERA, WOMEN IN PHOTOGRPHAY. GET OUT SITE NOTICED FOR HISTORY OF NORTH RIVER!!! FRE PUBLICITY … NR HOBBY FARM ANNOUNCES RELIEASE OF BEAUTIFUL SCANNED IMAGES… LOCALS INVETED TO ADD THE MNISSING INFORMATION. AVAILABLE ON CD ….