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    CLICK HERE for Thoreau House Exterior Views. THOREAU HOUSE (Built 2003) CLICK HERE for Thoreau House Exterior Views.
    At Hamilton Field, a 19th C. farmsite ringed by pines with views of Wainwright and Jay, it's a creative copy (exact for size) of Henry David Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond, built 1845. CLICK & GO! (On this page.)   An historic wood's retreat . . . For living in today    Amenities Summary.   About Backcountry Living (for Guests).   About access to Thoreau House.   Meet Our Guests at Thoreau House. (What they had to say about it: Photos, Letters, Guest Book Entries.)   The Thoreau House Story--How it go that way.  Building Thoreau House.   Thoreau's Cabin at Walden Pond   Guest Notes:  "Thoreau was wonderful . . . we were amazed with the privacy and quiet offered."   "So close to its natural state that you can imagine yourself as a pioneer just discovering the area."   "Thoreau House was perfect for us and the baby enjoyed it too."   (On the next page.)   10 Best Visitor Information Pages. (Quick Index.)
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    Fireplace and sitting room.
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    A warm corner to read and rest.
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    Eastlake sofa, family photos.
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    Cabin rear, door to kitchen.
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    End table, electric lamp.
    An Historic Woods Retreat. A faithful copy, exact for size and appearance, of Henry Thoreau's woods retreat by Walden Pond (1845-1847), Thoreau House looks out across Hamilton Field, an early 19thC. homesite with a stone cellar, to the Jay Mountains and wilderness forest all the way to Lake Champlain. Ringed by pines in this secluded setting, Thoreau House is just a half mile above the scenic AuSable River on Stonehouse Road, the prettiest one-lane dirt road in the state. It's just a short walk to the cool-running brook, well used by settlers years ago, that runs down from Ebenezer Mountain high overhead.

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    A bed for one or two persons (3/4 size).
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    Thoreau books and more.
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    Family photos.
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    Kitchen and shower base.
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    Dining for two, maybe more.
    For living in today, we furnished Thoreau's bedroom study (150 sq. ft.), with a double bed (3/4 size), dresser, an antique loveseat and rocker, books and there's a Vermont Castings gas (propane) fireplace that requires no effort at all. We remodeled his old woodshed (80 sq. ft.) into a full kitchen, sink with (just cold) running water, gas cooking range (stovetop only, oven not operative August '10), refrigerator, complete cooking utensils and dishes, shower base (for portable shower, supplied), dining table and chairs. Old Thoreau never had need of this, but we dropped his ceiling to make a sleeping loft (150 sq. ft., accessed by ladder), nice views. CLICK HERE for the kind of secluded living offered at Thoreau House. Water is pumped up from the ancient stone well under the building. Privy. (For location see Fourpeaks Trail Map. Thoreau is 800 feet down Stonehouse Road from Gypsy Camp label [GC]. Also see Thoreau House "5, Hamilton Field, Thoreau House"  on the Stonehouse Road Map. And CLICK HERE for the kind of secluded living offered at Thoreau House.
    One building, two rooms and loft, Non-smoking, Pets welcome, just 230 sq.ft. plus loft, max. 2 persons. Single or double occupancy, $425/3 nights, $850/week. CLICK HERE for a seasonal offer, promptly delivered. 11% Sales/Occupancy Tax applies to all rentals of less than one week duration. A Deposit Payment is required to secure reservation. Cancellation fees apply.  See Guest Information for occupancy limitations and financial arrangements. Discount Prices.

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    Kitchen range, refrigerator, sink with running water.
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    Kitchen cupboard, dishes.
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    Ladder to loft.
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    Loft with view.
    CLICK HERE for 10 Exterior Views.
    Thoreau House front door.
    Fourpeaks is a smoke-free vacation place. No smoking is permitted in any of the Fourpeaks accommodations. See Safety First! & Fourpeaks Rental Terms. Henry Thoreau, 1854. "Thoreau House" Amenities Summary
    Bedrooms/beds: One double bed (3/4 size, 48 in.).
    Blankets and pillows supplied. [CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about what to bring, including bed linens and towels.]
    Full Kitchen.  Apartment size cooking range (stovetop only, oven not operative August '10), 4 cubic foot refrigerator. Dining service for 4 persons and a complete selection of utensils, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, including a toaster, a tea pot and 3 kinds of coffee makers.
    Old-fashion outdoor toilet (privy, outhouse) right at camp. Toilet: Outside Privy (outhouse). [ CLICK HERE to learn about the privies (outhouses) at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps.]
    Water under pressure from a tap, just like home. Please conserve water. Thanks.Water/washing:  The electric pump by the kitchen sink delivers water right from the antique well at camp. [CLICK HERE for all about limited water at Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps, especially in Winter. CLICK HERE for bathing and showering at camp.]
    Lighting: Electric lighting. Electricity for reading lamp, floor lamp, supplemental heat.
    Fireplace/heating: Vermont Castings fireplace propane (gas) heater in The Study. Supplemental electric radiator heater in The Woodshed (kitchen).
    Outdoors: Adirondack chairs, picnic table, hammock and charcoal barbeque grill in pine grove close by. Optional portable screen house. Additional fee. CLICK HERE for photo, room plan.
    Miscellaneous: Dish soap, hand soap, sponge/pot scrubber, Comet cleaner, firewood, dish towels, toilet paper, trash bags, matches, candles, biscuit mix, honey, salt, pepper, sugar, etc. are all supplied. [ Planning your visit? CLICK HERE for more helpful information on setting up housekeeping.]

    CLICK HERE for The Portable Shower Bath. Scrubbing Up at our Fourpeaks Backcountry Camps. How do we do it at camp with limited water and no electricty? We bathe the time-tested oldfashion ways of years ago. Pump the water by hand. Heat it on the stove. Then bathe from a bucket with just a rag. Or sit in a big tin washtub. Cowboy Bathing in Tub. Or an old-fashion claw-foot bathtub like a cowboy just off the range. New! Hot showers with a new-fangled portable shower. That's luxury camping! The shower is quick and convenient. Ask for one when you get here. Either way it's all educational and fun, to learn how to get scrubbed up in a backcountry setting. CLICK HERE for Hot showers and those Oldfashion Ways.

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    CLICK HERE for 10 Exterior Views.
    (Hamilton field, Jay Mountain.)CLICK HERE for 10 Exterior Views of Thoreau House.
    CLICK HERE for 21  Views, Building Thoreau House 2001-2003.
    CLICK HERE for 21 Views of Thoreau House under construction.
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    CLICK HERE for 15 views of Henry Thoreau's Cabin (Replica at Concord, MA).
    Henry Thoreau, 1854.
    CLICK HERE for how Thoreau built his cabin at Walden Pond (in his own words).
    Walden, or, My Life in the Woods, 1857 (title page).
    Walden, or, My Life in the Woods, 1857 (title page).
    The Fourpeaks Story: 1967 to Today.
    CLICK HERE for Ridge Camp Story. CLICK HERE for Sugar Camp Story. CLICK HERE for New Camp Story. CLICK HERE for The Cabin Story. Putting Fourpeaks on the Map. CLICK HERE for Wolf's Nest Story. CLICK HERE for Gypsy Camp Story. CLICK HERE for Thoreau House Story.


    The Fourpeaks Story begins on a ski weekend at Whiteface with my first wife in '67. I can't remember if the kids were there or not. With a busy new business in the city, I was looking for a "wilderness" place, lots of trees and space, to get away to whenever I wanted. I had in mind cheap land, lots of it, not suitable for building development. I started asking around at the realtors, focusing on the lower priced offerings. Breakfast at the Golden Arrow across from the old hotel, I spotted an old lady at the cash register, looked just like my Bubba, a greyhead Zeide nearby. The old couple pointed the way to Wilmington. A few days later Dan Deighan, the land-savvy real estate man from Placid, was driving me up Stonehouse Road in a four-wheeler through a foot of snow. I wrote about it in a poem, "Camp."   CLICK HERE for the full story about The Cabin, my first camp. For the other camps, CLICK on one of the image links above. CLICK HERE to hear The Whole Fourpeaks Story--1967 to Today, 7 camps, 3 barns, 1 Stone House, 700 acres and 40 years later.

    Backcountry Living at 'The Cabin.' Backcountry Living (for Guests).
    The cabins at Fourpeaks are spread out on a 700-acre property, 2-1/2 miles end to end. To maintain a safe, orderly, and clean place to live, the good will and cooperation of our guests are essential. This webpage will provide you a working familiarity with backcountry life and methods for heating, lighting and water use. Living off-the-grid is fun and educational. Insure your personal safety and comfort by learning how it works.
    If you're considering a Fourpeaks vacation rental,  CLICK HERE  for Backcountry Living (for Guests).

    CLICK HERE for more about access to our backcountry camps. Access to our Backcountry Camps. Fourpeaks is open year-round. There's auto access to The Cabin, Sugar Camp, New Camp, Gypsy Camp and Thoreau House, so you can drive right to them. But there's no "front desk" at Fourpeaks. so you need to find out how to get to your rental. CLICK HERE for How to Get to Your Rental.and What to do When you get There.
    Our two remote camps, Wolf's Nest and Ridge Camp, are rented to guests who hike in. (Wolf's Nest, 5/8 mile or Ridge Camp 1-1/2 miles.) Guests at those camps meet us at our Camp Barn Office. A full orientation to camp precedes the visit. Firewood plus propane for lighting and cooking are already in place at camp. Wash water is at the Well House at Ridge, but wash water must be carried up for Wolf. Extra backpacks and a cargo sled are available for loan.
    No guest vehicles. Except for short access roads off Stonehouse Road (to Thoreau House, Gypsy Camp, Sugar Camp, New Camp and The Cabin), the use of guest vehicles on Fourpeaks roads and trails is strictly forbidden.
    [More about access and other travel related information, including Winter Road Condirions, Public Transportation, and more at Frequently Asked Questions.]

    'Meet Our Guests!' CLICK HERE for Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book<br>
 (A fun way to learn about Fourpeaks Adirondack backcountry vacations.) Meet Our Guests at the Fourpeaks Photo Guest Book! A fun way to learn about our Adirondack backcountry vacations.
    Who came. Where they're from. Where they stayed. The Season. What they did here. Guest Photos Photos, Letters and Guest Book entries. CLICK HERE for our Photo Guest Book.

    CLICK HERE for Vacationing with Your Dog Guest Book pages.Pet-friendly vacations.   CLICK HERE for Just For Two Guest Book pages.Romantic getaways.   CLICK HERE for Families with Kids Guest Book pages. Families with Kids.

    CLICK HERE for Fourpeaks Discount Prices. Get away to Fourpeaks, working part-time to pay your way. CLICK HERE for our Work-Stay Program. Discount Prices. We love to see guests come back. To make it easier, we offer Year-round Discounts. CLICK HERE to see our Reduced Rate Plans for Returning Guests.   Work here part-time to help pay your way? CLICK HERE  to learn about our Fourpeaks Work-Stay Program.  Get away to Fourpeaks for free. CLICK HERE for a Fourpeaks Home Exchange?Have a home or apartment in New York City? CLICK HERE to learn about a Fourpeaks Home Exchange.   Never been here, but you're a student, senior, or live on low-income? CLICK HERE  for help finding an Adirondack Budget Vacation.


    #1771 "Thoreau was wonderful . . . We were amazed with the privacy and quiet offered."
    Subject: RE: Your Fourpeaks visit 02/17/12 to Thoreau House
    From: Darren W***
    Date: 4/6/2012 6:09 PM
    To: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
    Hi Martin!
    Thank you for your e-mail. Sinai and I did enjoy ourselves at fourpeaks!
    Thoreau was wonderful and the surrounding area, truly peaceful! We cannot wait to come back. We were amazed with the privacy and quiet offered at fourpeaks. There is truly no other place that offers such a serene environment for those seeking a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
    Next time we hope to bring a few friends along to explore with.
    We look forward to meeting you during next vacation!
    Regards,
    Darren and Sinai
    Subject: Re: Your Fourpeaks visit 02/17/12 to Thoreau House
    From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)" Date: 4/8/2012 10:30 AM
    To: Darren W***
    Darren and Sinai--
    Thanks for the welcome feedback.
    Yes. Come back as soon as you can.
    Bring friends? Choose carefully, as not very many will enjoy what you found here.
    Martin

    #1893 "So close to its natural state that you can imagine yourself as a pioneer just discovering the area."
    Subject: Guestbook Entry
    Date : 8/29/2004
    Name : The Abrigo Family
    Email : queen****@aol.com
    Location : Staten Island, New York
    Comments : Dear Martin,
    You are a very lucky man. Fourpeaks is a unique place of great beauty
    that's been kept so close to its natural state that you can imagine yourself
    as a pioneer just discovering the area. One way you could determine if
    potential guests would appreciate the experience would be to have them stop
    at Lake George Village first and have a look around there. If they tell you
    they actually like the crowds and commercialism, then tell them to forget
    Fourpeaks. It takes a different mindset to go into the woods and spend the
    day picking up frogs instead of cruising the T-shirt shops in Lake George!

    As much as we loved Fourpeaks, though, we weren't enthusiastic about
    the outdoor privies! Chemical toilets are definitely the way to go (pun,
    ha-ha) and we would immensely appreciate this amenity on a future visit.

    We're contemplating a return visit with some friends to share a bigger
    place than Thoreau House. Ridge Camp was really attractive and I'll bet the
    fall foliage season there would take your breath away! Would you be willing
    to get a couple of chem toilets there for the fall season? Let me know and
    I'll see what's doable on everyone's schedule (possibly around Columbus
    Day.)
    Regards, The Abrigos
    More about this. Keep reading.More about this. (Keep reading.)
    Subject: Thanks very much for your thoughtful Guest Book entry.
    Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 16:25:37 -0400 (EDT)
    From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
    To: queen*****@aol.com Hello Frances, Joselito and Valerie!

    Thanks very much for your thoughtful Guest Book entry.

    The comparison with Lake George Village (or for that matter) downtown
    Lake Placid is a good one. There are after all many (the majority of
    vacationers really) who don't value privacy and are even scared to be
    where there aren't A LOT OF PEEEPLE around. Asking them if they like
    LG or LP village is a good way to figure them out. I'll try and
    remember that.

    Quiet (no audible sounds except natural sounds like birds and insects
    and wind in the leaves and such) is really scary for most people. They're
    used to cars and planes and radio and TV and peeeple and even sirens.
    A guest who just came down from Ridge today commented about that. He
    couldn't hear any highway sounds at all or even airplanes. He says
    he's visited lots of "wilderness" or "backcountry" places where city
    sounds and sounds of motors still get in and spoil the quiet.

    Yes. You can have the use of a chemical toilet while at camp. I mentioned
    that in the "Thank you" letter that I sent to you following your visit
    (see copy below). It's part of several new upgrade offers in my "Luxury Camping"
    program. I don't want to be left behind with all the progress that's being
    made to put "NATURE WITHIN REACH" to anyone who wants to take a look at it,
    even for just a weekend. It's not so scary after all.

    You can read something about what is "Luxury camping" and where to find it
    in a magazine article from the Southwest Airlines In-flight magazine
    (Fourpeaks is mentioned). Just click http://4peaks.com/fluxury.htm
    Along with that "Luxury camping" page is an (almost finished page)
    "Luxury Camping at our Adirondack Backcountry Camps," including a list
    of new amenities available to Fourpeaks visitors, free phone service,
    running water, flush toilets, hot showers, outdoor screened dining (some with
    small fee) along with the already available complete kitchens, outdoor grills,
    table and hammock, scenic private hiking trails, and pet-friendly accommodations.
    Read about the new stuff at http://4peaks.com/foamen.htm still somewhat
    "under construction" but due to be finished soon.

    Thanks for thinking about coming back. You will have to remind me (my new
    inquiry form will provide for it) that you want the flush toilets for your
    visit. I'd love to have you back. Maybe I'LL MAKE YOU a meal to pay you back for
    your friendly hospitality while you were at Thoreau.

    The calendar http://4peaks.com/femail2u.htm shows Ridge is available
    for Sept 11 for 3 nights and Sept 17 for lots of time, but Labor Day weekend
    is already booked. Sorry. Please consider those alternate dates or maybe
    Sugar Camp for Sept 2.

    Hope to see you soon. (20% discount off posted rates apply for a second visit
    this year.)

    Sincerely,
    Martin

    #1821 "Thoreau House was perfect for us and the baby enjoyed it too."
    From: Mandy Han*** mmhan***@***.com
    Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:16:35 -0700
    To: martin@4peaks.com
    Hi Martin,
    Chris and I just want to say thank you for a lovely time at your camp.
    Thoreau House was perfect for us and the baby enjoyed it too. It was the perfect getaway to a quiet place. The hike up to Rattlesnake Knob was great and what a breathtaking view of the High Peaks! I know you doubted us at first but we eventually find our way. I enjoyed reading your poetry. We live 7 miles from Sandy Hook, so I especially found the Sandy Hook poem to be right on. We will be back some time. Can't wait to teach our daughter the old ways. I'd like to make those biscuits next time so I will ask for the mix.
    You have a really wonderful place off the beaten path and we admire the work you put into it and your efforts to keep it going and preserved.
    Many Thanks,
    Mandy and Chris
    Red Bank, NJ

    Verbatim email exchanges with guests and prospective guests. Verbatim email exchanges with guests and prospective guests.CLICK HERE for more Fourpeaks Email Exchanges. Verbatim email exchanges with guests and prospective guests. Many of them informative. All of them good clean fun, even those about very serious subjects. Great if you like to read other people's mail.

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