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I got lost for quite some time trying to find the place. I hadn't been there in two decades. The roads are long and winding. The landmarks are few. No signs to guide you are visible. Turn left at the dirt road and stop when it dead ends.
I had photographed Top Ridge in the mid- 1980s and presented several of the photos in my book Rustic Traditions. At the time I first photographed the camp, it had stood unchanged for some sixty years. Filled with unique rustic objects of art indicative of a sophisticated and advanced collector, the home was a marvel of architectural wonder and "folky" passion. Frankly, I loved the place. The state of New York owned the camp for a while. A decade later the camp was sold to a private party. One of the Adirondack's greatest treasures, this camp was remodeled and expanded by the present owners, who also added their personal touches. Filled with mystique and lore, Top Ridge is perhaps the best known of all the Adirondack great camps. But it is privately owned and not open to the public.