150th Anniversary of Adventures in the Wilderness; or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks


Adirondack Adventures

January 31- May 14, 2019

at the Kelly Adirondack Center

The Center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Jacklighting illustration from Murray's Adirondack Adventures
Jacklighting illustration from Murray’s Adirondack Adventures

In 1869 William H. H. Murray published a book containing a series of articles on the merits of camping in the wilderness of the Adirondacks. His combination of practical advice and fantastic stories would encourage thousands of urbanites to seek both rest and adventure in the woods and on the waters of the Adirondacks. The success of this book led to others and a lecture tour that reached tens of thousands of attendees over five years.

This exhibit includes paintings, prints, glass slides, and drawings of Murray’s. Also on display are Murray’s desk and ephemera from his life and travels.


All of the materials on exhibit are on loan

through the generosity of

Randall and Sarah Beach.