The History Of A Hidden Gem

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The answer to our teaser question is Terra Alta, located just a few hundred feet north from the stores on Main Street. For many Schroon Lakers, rustic Terra Alta remains a hidden gem. Only visible from Route 9 by a small sign, the enormity of the lake side property only becomes visible by taking one of the gravel roads into the vast complex.

It’s dotted with cabins -- many dating back to the 1920s -- that have attracted generations of families over the decades, who enjoy its laid back style of living, beach and kids club. (We even know of a family who frequently makes the trek from Melbourne, Australia, to vacation here!)

And just how all this came to be will be answered in a talk tonight, sponsored by the the Schroon North Hudson Historical Society, to be held at their museum at 7pm. The talk is presented by Robert and Janet Cabot.

To answer a few of the questions we asked: that Italian businessman was Joseph Giannini, who started off in the lumber and real estate business. He established Terra Alta  (which means High Ground) -- and named in a contest -- in the 1920s. The homes came from Montgomery Ward. And The Strand Theater connection?  It was called the Terra Alta Annex and offered affordable accommodations on the second floor. The theater that was constructed remains today.