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The Irondequoit Inn is a rustic retreat overlooking Piseco Lake. (Photo/Frederick & Cynthia Adcock)


The 102 Club: Arietta

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Updated: 2:17 PM

The Town of Arietta, in southwest Hamilton County, is within the southern Adirondack Park. It includes these hamlets: Arietta, Avery's Place, Piseco, Higgins Bay, and Rudeston.

Piseco Lake is approximately seven miles long and known for its abundance of lake trout and whitefish. The word Piseco is derived from an ancient Native American word, "pisco," meaning "fish."


The New York State Legislature created the Town of Arietta from the Town of Lake Pleasant in 1836. By 1839 land developer Andrew K. Morehouse founded Piseco Village and established land contracts with many new settlers.

Arietta was populated by woodsmen, farmers, and lumbermen. Throughout the 1800s lumber and tanning industries flourished.

Prior to the turn of the 20th century, the area became a destination for summer tourists. Today, the area attracts tourists year-round with hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, snowmobiling, and camping.


Piseco Lake Historical Society & Riley Tavern Museum: Located on Old Piseco Road. Open July and August Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

The Riley Tavern, dating to the 1880s, is the only known Adirondack saloon to still exist in its original state. The Riley House Museum is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Arietta and contains displays relating to the town's history. Visit this page on Facebook for information and upcoming presentations:

Irondequoit Inn: A rustic retreat overlooking Piseco Lake. Established in 1892, this 600-acre retreat is a sanctuary for vacationers who value peace and quiet. 471 Old Piseco Rd., Piseco. (518) 548-5500 or

State Campgrounds: Point Comfort, Poplar Point, and Little Sand Point are the three state campgrounds on Piseco Lake. They offer fine fishing, canoeing, sailing, and all water sports opportunities. Regional Office: (518) 863-4545

Piseco Airport, a general aviation municipal airport established in 1927; 3,016-foot runway. Old Piseco Road. (518) 548-3415.


Hiking / Mountain Climbing: Panther Mountain Trail, T-Lake Trail, Northville-Placid Trail, and Foxey Brown Loop. Located near the hamlet of Arietta are the trails to Good Luck Lake, Jockeybush Lake, and the site of a 1933 Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Shaker Place on State Rt. 10.

Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing.


"Piseco Lake and Arietta" by Frederick and Cynthia Adcock (; "Foxey Brown" by Charles Yaple; "Sesquicentennial of the Town of Arietta."


Casey's Corner General Store, groceries, sandwiches, lunch, deli, and hot coffee. _Gasoline, liquor store, beer, and local gossip. Rt. 8, Oxbow Lake, Piseco. (518) 548-3556

Piseco Performance Snowmobile Repair, 1610 Rt. 8, Piseco. (518) 548-6000 

Oxbow Lake Motel, Route 8, Piseco

This is an excerpt from the book, "The Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country." It was written by local residents to encourage people to visit the 102 towns and villages in the Adirondacks. The book contains 216 pages and over 100 illustrations, maps, and photos. The price is $20 and it is available in local stores or by mail at Podskoch Press, 43 O'Neill Lane, East Hampton CT 06424; (860)267-2442; or


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