SARANAC LAKE, NY — Friends of Eagle Island, Inc.
Eagle Island closing took place yesterday November 6, 2015 and was attended by Friends of Eagle Island Board of Directors Henry D. (“Buz”) Graves Jr., a great-grandson of the original donor of Eagle Island to the Girl Scouts, and Carol Jackman, former Eagle Island counselor and resident of Upper Saranac Lake.
Dorcas Hardy, President of Friends of Eagle Island, Inc. said, “This day has been long awaited and it’s quite amazing that this extraordinary property would, although not directly, come full circle back to the Graves family. We are so proud of our Board and our many supporters who have never given up hope. Of course, we know that if it were not for the generosity of our Donor and the tireless efforts of our attorney, Bob Goodsell, and his firm, Post, Polak, Goodsell, MacNeill, & Strauchler, P.A., we would not be celebrating.”
From the Girl Scouts announcement to close the camp in 2009 and its incorporation in April 2011, Friends of Eagle Island, Inc. (FEI) always believed that someday Eagle Island would be in the hands of an organization that understood its history, its legacy and its potential for being reopened as a youth camp.
Friends of Eagle Island faces many challenges in its efforts to restore, preserve and conserve Eagle Island but looks forward to working with its new neighbors in achieving its vision for the future which includes sharing Eagle Island more broadly and making the island an integral asset of the Adirondack Park and Upper Saranac Lake community. Plans under discussion include providing public access through visitation and appropriate recreational use, historic preservation tours, environmental education for children and families, and hosting public events and programs in its expansive interior and exterior spaces.
About Eagle Island
Situated in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Region of the Adirondacks, Eagle Island consists of approximately 32 total acres, and the island is accessible from the mainland only by boat. The property’s main structures were built as a “Great Camp” in 1903 for Levi Morton, former U.S. Vice President and Governor of New York, and designed by Adirondack architect William L. Coulter. Eagle Island was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2004.
About Friends of Eagle Island
Friends of Eagle Island, Inc., is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) entity dedicated to the purchase and resumption of operations on the Eagle Island property as a place of learning and adventure for young people.
Eagle Island – Where History Meets the Future!