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By James Schlett

In August 1858, William James Stillman, a painter and founding editor of the acclaimed yet short-lived paintings magazine The Crayon, geared up a tenting day trip for a few of America's preeminent intellectuals to Follensby Pond within the Adirondacks. Dubbed the "Philosophers’ Camp," the journey incorporated the Swiss American scientist and Harvard university professor Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, the Republican legal professional and destiny U.S. lawyer basic Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, the Cambridge poet James Russell Lowell, and the transcendental thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson, who might later pen a poem concerning the adventure. information that those cultured males have been residing like “Sacs and Sioux” within the desolate tract seemed in newspapers around the kingdom and helped gas a common curiosity in exploring the Adirondacks.

In this publication, James Schlett recounts the tale of the Philosophers’ Camp, from the lives and careers of—and friendships and frictions among—the members to the vast arrangements for the day trip and the several-day encampment to its lasting legacy. Schlett’s account is a sweeping story that offers vistas of the dramatically altering landscapes of the USA within the moment 1/2 the 19th century. As he relates, the students later shaped an Adirondack membership that got down to determine an enduring encampment at close by Ampersand Pond. Their plans, even if, have been dashed amid the outbreak of the Civil conflict and the development of civilization right into a desolate tract that Stillman defined as “a now not too enormously replaced Eden.” however the Adirondacks have been certainly changing.

When Stillman again to the location of the Philosophers’ Camp in 1884, he came across the woods round Follensby were disfigured via travelers. improvement, industrialization, and commercialization had remodeled the Adirondack desolate tract as they might approximately some other point of the yankee panorama. Such devastation might later motivate conservationists to set up Adirondack Park in 1892. on the shut of the e-book, Schlett seems to be on the maintenance of Follensby Pond, now safe via the character Conservancy, and the camp site’s power integration into the Adirondack wooded area Preserve.

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