This documentary traces major themes in the history of the Adirondack Park in New York while raising an urgent contemporary issue: the effects of acid rain on an important natural sanctuary.
The majesty and mystery of New York State's Adirondack Park is thoughtfully explored in this beautiful documentary. Using original landscapes, interviews with long-time residents, rare archival photographs, and motion pictures, the film traces major themes in Adirondack history, early exploration and settlement, commercial development, wilderness travel, art, craft and architecture geography and geology. Woven throughout this chronology are the recurring motifs of fascinating Mohawk Indian lore, lake guides and guide boats, grand tourist hotels and spas, mining and lumber camps and the ever-present sense of spiritual awe that haunts the mountains and valleys. The Adirondacks provides a comprehensive human history of the region as well as a balanced discussion of the problems and possibilities that face the area today.
Other credits: A Florentine Films Production Sponsored by the Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, New York A film by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey