Finding True North: A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks

Finding True North: A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks

by Fran Yardley


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An evocative and personal history of a unique historic place in the Adirondacks.

Silver Winner for Regional Nonfiction, 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

In 1968 Fran and Jay Yardley, a young couple with pioneering spirit, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long-abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club, with its one thousand acres and thirty-seven buildings. The Saranac Lake–area property had been in Jay’s family for generations, and his dream was to restore this summer resort to support himself and, eventually, a growing family. Fran chronicles their journey and, along the way, unearths the history of those who came before, from the 1800s to the present. Offering an evocative glimpse into the past, Finding True North traces the challenges and transformations of one of the world’s most beautiful, least-celebrated places and the people who were tirelessly devoted to it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438470528
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 438,897
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Fran Yardley is a writer, actor, and nationally known storyteller and workshop leader. With her late husband, she renovated and managed the Bartlett Carry Club for sixteen years. In 1999 she cofounded Creative Healing Connections, a nonprofit organization offering retreats for women veterans and women with cancer and chronic illness. Originally from Buffalo, she is rooted into the shores of Middle Saranac Lake, where she lives with her actor/photographer husband, Burdette Parks, and her dog, Merlin.

Table of Contents

1. Into the Wilderness

2. Splinters in Our Fingers

3. Rooting and Growing

4. One Swipe at a Time

5. Unraveled

6. Balancing

7. Finding True North

List of Illustrations
Selected Bibliography
About the Author

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Finding True North: A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChiefGaryMac More than 1 year ago
Wonderful historical novel - never been to Upper Saranac Lake - native of Old Forge and Syracuse - but Fran made me part of an intimate experience. Well done.