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     Original unretouched 1950's souvenir postcard, sold at Madden's Store, Jay with swimming area, Old Covered Bridge, mill store and blacksmith shop. The 'ole swimmin' hole. Visit Jay, NY 12941. Like the other Adirondack towns along the East Branch of the AuSable, Jay had it's heyday of industrial development in the 19th century--and came out on the other end as the place of natural beauty we know today. CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   The Covered Bridge.   River Swimming by the Covered Bridge and falls.   Tour #1 North: Baptist Church, the fire house and Devin's Garage.   Tour #2 West: Young's Gallery and Crafts, the "Acres."   Tour #3 South: Village Green, Jay Craft Center, Post Office, the Stone Houses.   The 1829 Stone House at Stonehouse Road.   The "Parking Area," a natural swimming spot.   Jay History    More about Jay and the Covered Bridge.   From my mailbag:  "a lot of great information on The Adirondacks."   (On the next page.)   Jay Links & Contact Information  

     Original unretouched 1950's souvenir postcard, sold at Madden's Store, Jay with swimming area, Old Covered Bridge, mill store and blacksmith shop. The Covered Bridge is close by the former mill site just down from the Green. The rapids there, provide oldtime summer fun. Deep river pools at the far side for swimming and diving and exploring the shady banks upstream. The 1855 Covered Bridge is presently being renovated (1998-99). (CLICK Photo for Covered Bridge photos and 1950's souvenir postcard, originally sold at Madden's Store, Jay. Shows swimming area, Old Covered Bridge, mill store and blacksmith shop.

    The 'ole swimmin' hole.The 'ol swimmin' hole by the falls and covered bridge in Jay is popular with visitors and natives alike. Lots of room to sit and sun on the large flat ledge (rocks) above the falls. And deep swimming holes aplenty. Sliding down the falls is fun for the young at heart. There are huge shade trees along the bank and the old Covered Bridge makes a scenic backdrop. Raspberry in season. Swim upriver in deep water for quite a way. Or meander along the trail on the east bank. (CLICK on Photo  for summer fun at the Jay swimming hole. plus full text of the New York Times article (August 17, 2001) "Where the Pools Are Never Crowded, And Water Slides Are Nature's Own."

    Tour #1 North: Baptist Church, the fire house and Devin's Garage. [Begin tour at the crossroads.] The Covered Bridge is at the bottom of the hill (no vehicles, just look at it.). Ward Lumber for building materials and hardware. Stop to admire the stone Baptist church on the hill. Visit the fire house and take a look at the equipment. Gas and auto repairs at Devin's, service with a smile! Plus the Northcountry's friendliest and best-stocked deli.
    Jay crossroads.
    Covered Bridge at the river.
    Jay's biggest employer.
    Baptist Church.
    Cornick's tree stand.
    Bill Straight's heating.
    Jay Volunteer
    Fire Department.
    A garage with a view.
    Alpaca Shoppe.
    Devin's Garage
    and Deli
    Friendly atmosphere . . .
    . . . groceries, deli . . .
    soup, sandwishes and more.
    Tour #2 West: Young's Gallery and Crafts, the "Acres." [Begin tour at the crossroads.] At one of several beautifil old homes in town. Further on to the site of Burdick's Chain Saw emporium. Then Young's gallery, a fine place for art, crafts and gifts! (Take your time. There's lots to see. Ask about the lay-away plan for that seasonal present you need to have.) The "Acres," our very own Adirondack housing development.
    Several fine old homes in town.
    Young's Craft Shop. (518) 946-7301
    A.K. Auto,
    Burdick's (closed).
    Real Estate (The "Acres.")
    Young's Studio and Gallery. (518) 946-7301
    Fine art . . .
    . . . Crafts, gifts . . .
    . . . Pottery and more,
    Sue and Terry Young.
    Tour #3 South: Village Green, Jay Craft Center, Post Office, the Stone Houses. [Begin tour at the crossroads.] At our old-fashion Village Green with interesting granite benches and a gazebo, home of summer music every Saturday evening in the Summer. Bring a blanket or some chairs. The site of McDonald's Store and Post Office (1915-1997). Adirondack Life's Methodist Church and nearby the site of Hurley and Madden's General Store (1902-1988). The Jay Craft Center for gifts and pottery. Farther down visit our new post office, the 1829 Stone House and the Parking Area natural swimming spot.
    Jay Green, The Amos & . . .
    . . . Julia Ward Theatre (new photo soon).
    Methodist Church.
    Jay Craft. (518) 946-7824
    Jay 12941 Post Office
    In the old Grange Hall
    and more.
    1829 Stone House. Circa 1932 in use as a Maternity Hospital. View from Route 9N. Stone wall, front porch with sign and side porch, later used as country beauty parlor. 1829 Stone House. Circa 1932 in use as a Maternity Hospital. View from Stonehouse Road (then Perkins Road). Old Elm just a stump when we cleared it away in 1973. New stone wall built in 1974 to hide foundation rubble, partly visible at right. Fill behind wall created level working space at the level of original barns and outbuilding on Stonehouse Road (formerly Perkins Road). New maple trees planted in front and side. About the 1829 Stone House.
    Your Adirondack Guide lost the 1829 Stone House, at the bottom of Stonehouse Road, along with Old Barn and New Barn in a divorce settlement December 2001. My home until I lost it to my wife in Dec 2001. Now all he has left is just 4 mountains, 7 gorgeous backcountry camps and the prettiest 700 acres in the Adirondacks. Adirondack Vacations. Romantic getaways. Pet-friendly.
       CLICK HERE for 1829 Stone House History.

    CLICK HERE for 15 'Parking Area' Natural Swimming Spot Photos. CLICK HERE for 15 'Parking Area' Natural Swimming Spot Photos. "Parking Area" Natural Swimming Spot on the AuSable River.  Best swimming in the Adirondacks. Just a mile away! Wide river, flat rocks for sunbathing, plenty of shade, picnic tables. Pet-friendly.  How to get there. 1) Follow Stonehouse Road down to Route 9N (1 mile). 2) Take 9N South to Parking Area (1 mile). Enjoy!   CLICK HEREfor 15 "Parking Area" Swimming Spot Photos. CLICK HERE for Jay map that shows deep swimming spots (swimming holes) in the river.  CLICK HERE for floats and about bringing, borrowing and maintaining tube/ring floats for Fourpeaks river fun.

    Jay history. A little about Jay history. High grade iron ore discovered nearby was first smelted in crude stone and clay furnaces with wood and natural drafts. Large scale timber harvesting continued through mid-nineteenth-century. The mill at AuSable converted later to paper manufacture and this operation lasted till the 1940's. CLICK HERE for Jay History and 50+ Antique Photos.

    "A lot of great information on The Adirondacks."
    Subject: Compliments & thanks for your Activities & Resources page :)
    From: "Bethany "
    Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 12:42:04 -0400
    Hi Martin,
    There was a page on the that I really enjoyed (, so I wanted to say great job & thank you!! My family loves taking vacations, so I'm always looking for new & fun information & ideas online!

    Secondly, & I hope this doesn't seem rude, but I also wanted to make a suggestion for your page. You've compiled a lot of great material, but I wanted to suggest the addition of another great page that I found online recently: . It has a lot of great information on The Adirondacks so it might be a really helpful/useful addition to your page!

    Take care,

    Subject: Re: Compliments & thanks for your Activities & Resources page :)
    From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
    Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 07:54:39 -0400
    To: "Bethany "
    Thanks for your email and for liking my webpage and finding it useful and for suggesting I appreciate it.

    That page does make good reading, but like a lot of blogs out there is really just second hand information lifted from other pages on the internet, maybe entertaining, but not researched or responsible in a sense.

    I noted particularly the statement about settlers.
    "It was in the 1800s that both loggers and tourists began to visit the area." Bethany--The loggers here in the 1800's were born here! They lived and farmed on my Fourpeaks eight homesites you can come and visit today. Tourists didn't start coming up till Murray wrote his book and with the advent of the steamboat and rail access. But not the loggers and miners. They were my neighbors (now deceased).

    I left a comment on the page.
    "the area was left alone and viewed as a hostile wilderness until the 19th Century." Not true. Settlers from New England moved here in the 1700's. Iron was discovered above AuSable Forks early on and by the Revolutionary War Mr. Washington's troops bore muskets and iron shot from those mines, There was enough development by 1798 to form town governments. See and related pages.

    Come and visit. I'll help make it affordable and fun.

    Best wishes,

    Fourpeaks offers an unequalled private hiking experience. CLICK HERE for more Vacation Activities right here at Fourpeaks. Fourpeaks fishing and swimming in the nearby scenic AuSable River. CLICK HERE for more Vacation Activities right here at Fourpeaks. Fourpeaks Outdoor Activities. A 700-acre private Adirondack wilderness right at your door. 20 miles of hiking/skiing trails. No traveling to get there. No crowds at the trailheads and summits. An unequalled nature experience with no people. River swimming and fishing at the nearby AuSable River. A wilderness lake. Lots more. Browse our 10 activity pages.  [CLICK HERE for Fourpeaks Adirondack Activities.]

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    Are you in this picture? Fourpeaks hosts now welcome paying guests to a 700-acre rest and playground for vacations in the Adirondack Great Camp tradition. Couples appreciate Fourpeaks secluded settings. Outdoor loving families have fun exploring our accessible wilderness. Folks with dogs enjoy the open spaces to run their pets. A private nature rereat. For a vacation away from it all.    Are you in this picture?  CLICK HERE to find out!    [More about this at Frequently Asked Questions.]

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