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The Adirondack Museum's Log Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo/Pete Klein)

Enter the Log Hotel at the Adirondack Museum and one starts hearing things. Note the speaker to the right of the stove. (Photo/Pete Klein)

Even the bathtub holds a speaker. (Photo/Pete Klein)


Adirondack Museum's Log Hotel comes alive

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Updated: 10:41 AM


Express News Staff

BLUE MT. LAKE -- There is an old exhibit made new at the Adirondack Museum here, the Log Hotel.

The Log Hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built on site in 1876 as a guesthouse for the Blue Mountain House hotel, a fashionable resort of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Since the museum opened, the hotel has provided a silent glimpse of what early vacationing looked like. This year, however, it has come to life.

Upon entering, one might think the place is haunted.

All upstairs and downstairs rooms are open to the public now, enhanced with a new audio art exhibition called "Sonic Hotel: Lost and Found Sounds of the Adirondacks," created by composer and sound artist John Morton, who has a camp in Piseco.

This immersive sound installation inside a historic artifact is an audio tapestry combining oral histories, field recordings, recorded interviews, and historic recordings Morton manipulated, layered, and juxtaposed digitally. He created distinct compositions for each room that together make up an audio tour through the Adirondacks and through time.

Walking through each room, one hears an ever-changing collection of sounds, an aural portrait of the Adirondacks in all seasons -- the rumble of a boat engine on one of the region's picturesque lakes, an old-timer's reminiscences, the smack of June bugs hitting a cabin's screen door, crickets chirping on a mountain evening, a hiker's footsteps over fallen leaves in the wilderness woods, and much more.

Check it out. It is truly a unique experience.


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