This book is a lively history, beginning in 1854, of a remote corner of the Adirondacks. It is told from the perspective of one woman's experience living there from 1968 to the present.

Fran Yardley's discovery of intriguing artifacts and original documents leads her to the stories of those who came before.

Bartlett's Sportsmen's Home, circa 1882

Bartlett's Sportsmen's Home, circa 1882

 In 1968, the author moves to Bartlett Carry with her husband to renovate a historic resort with 1,000 acres, thirty-seven buildings and a crumbling dam. During demolition and reconstruction, she faces isolation, disconnection, living without electricity, and eventually managing a refurbished summer resort while raising two children.

Reflecting on her journey, Fran weaves the stories of the two time periods and finds parallels between her life and the past.

 

Fran and Jay Yardley in guidebook on Middle Saranac Lake, 1969

Fran and Jay Yardley in guidebook on Middle Saranac Lake, 1969

Ultimately, the tragedy of her husband's death forces her to re-evaluate her life. She considers moving to escape isolation, but finally decides to stay.

Through research and writing,  Fran realizes all she shares with the early settlers: persistence, courage, and the resourcefulness to meet the challenges of rugged remote living, as well as deep connection with primal beauty. She comes to recognize the strong roots she has grown and claims this place as her true home.

 

View of Middle Saranac Lake from home

View of Middle Saranac Lake from home

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