Image: Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower.
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Dinner
Join us for a specially priced Great Camp Fall Harvest Dinner buffet and dessert in our Lake View Retreat Center or on the Lake View Patio before the lighting. Specialty selections from our hand-crafted wine & Beer Cellar will be available. $35 Per Person.
9:00 PM: St. Regis Fire Tower Lighting
Volunteers, carrying various lights to the mountain summit, will light the tower from 9:00 PM to 9:30 PM. (Rain date, hopefully unnecessary, Sept 5th.) The purpose is to draw attention to the historic role fire towers played in the protection of the community and the surrounding forest. For the 4th year, I’m one of those volunteers.
The 35’ tall Aeromotor galvanized steel St Regis tower was erected in 1918 and manned until 1990. It was one of the last manned towers in the state. In the 1990s, the tower was slated to be removed as it was a “non-conforming structure” forbidden in the wilderness St Regis Canoe area. After years of effort by the Friends group, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a designated “historic site” area around the tower, thus eliminating the non-conforming structure status. The tower however deteriorated after its manned use ended and it was declared unsafe. The lower stairs were removed so no one could climb to the cab at the top. Restoration of the tower began in 2015.
Learn more about the event‘s purpose on our blog post.
Sign-up is required; no tickets will be provided at the door at this time. Limited seating and tickets are available; reserve today.
Sunset Stagecoach Rides Available: $15pp
Details subject to change