About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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  1. David Gibson says

    Adirondack Wild tried to remind DEC of the law in 2015, which should have resulted in the immediate demolition of this structure which legally cannot remain on the Forest Preserve. The law gives DEC authority to retain certain structures deemed historic on the Forest preserve, under certain conditions. One of those conditions is that the State’s ownership of the historic structure pre-dates the date the law was enacted (1983). The land on which the farmhouse sits was only acquired in 2013, and it not acquired prior to the law’s enactment in 1983, which is a prerequisite for its preservation and maintenance on the Forest Preserve. Adirondack Wild concludes that DEC should have safely taken down the farmhouse from the Forest Preserve asap and, if deemed historic by some, rebuilt in the hamlet of Indian Lake as an interpretive exhibit. Instead, DEC allows this structure to become structurally hazardous. Not good.

  2. Joe Martens says

    It’s always easy to point the finger at big bad DEC. At the urging of local government officials and AARCH, the Department retained the building to see if some arrangement could be made to preserve and use it. But I put the onus on the local government and preservation interests to find the answer; DEC simply did not have the resources or the time to figure out a solution that involved state funds. As Dave correctly points out, there were legal as well as resource constraints but DEC bent over backwards to others an opportunity to see if something could be worked out. The parties interested in saving the farmhouse were unable to deliver, but the blame, as usual ,falls on DEC.

  3. Mike Hauser says

    How do I find out more about this piece of property. I believe it has some significant professional boxing history attached to it. I think it is safe to assume it was once used to house loggers. I am trying to find out if it is the site that the Husson family once acted as caretakers for.

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