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Elizabethtown: the county seat

March 22, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To learn all about the history of Essex County, New York, one only needs to stop at the Adirondack History Center Museum in the community of Elizabethtown. Operated by the Essex County Historical Society, it is home to seasonal and permanent exhibits, special events, a research library and a Colonial Garden.

The museum is open from late May to mid-October, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week. The Brewster Library is open all year by appointment only.

The Adirondack History Center Museum is located on the corner of Route 9N and Hand Avenue. For more information, call (518) 873-6466 or visit


The Collection

The Adirondack History Center Museum displays artifacts from over two centuries of life in Essex County and the central Adirondacks. The diverse collection includes:

Artifacts from 18th century forts at Crown Point

An 1850s Washington printing press

An 1887 Concord stagecoach

An extensive collection of antique dolls

An iron bobsled from the 1930s

An Adirondack lean-to

A 58 foot fire observation tower to climb

The Colonial Garden

Created in 1956 and adjacent to the museum, the Colonial Garden features many varieties of flowers, native plants, trees and shrubs in a formal setting patterned after the gardens of Hampton Court, England and Colonial Williamsburg.



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