From a negative labeled "150 River Street, now Sealtest Co." c. 1930.  Alfred Donaldson gives the address of this house as 154 River Street.. 1858 Map of Essex County. Military Township 11, Lot 12 is near the center of this detail; the lot's outline has been emphasized. Address: 42 Brandy Brook Avenue

Old Address: 150 River Street (154 River Street) 1

Other names: General Ice Cream plant, Sealtest Foods; Saranac Lake Veterinary Hospital (Dr. Robert Lopez); Adirondack Park Pet Hospital (as of 2011)

Pendragon Theatre, housed in a former barn at 148 River Street, was likely subdivided from this homestead.

Oliver LaRoseYear built: before 1874

Other information: This is the second home of the family of Jacob Smith Moody, the first settler in Saranac Lake. He built a log cabin in this vicinity about 1819; he built this house some years later. Benjamin O. Moody was born in this house in 1874.

Village directory listings for 150 River Street include F.M. Sheldon (1933), M. A. LaBounty (1939) and Arthur Pratt (1945).

This house was built on part of Lot 12, Township 11 of the Old Military Tract, the original 160-acre parcel purchased by Jacob Smith Moody about 1918.

On November 7, 1836, Jacob Moody deeded the northernmost fifty acres of his 160 to his son Harvey Moody, who built a half log/half clapboard cabin and a small log smithy on the property.

Jacob's remaining 110 acres, that contained a small part of Lake Flower, was lost through an unpaid indebtedness to the heirs of Newell Reynolds in 1841; it sold at auction to Phineas Norton for $71.38; Norton sold the land to Jacob's son Smith Moody in 1843 for $110.

In 1863, Smith Moody sold fifty acres south of Harvey’s fifty acres to his brother, Martin M. Moody, for $100. In 1868, he deeded the remaining sixty acres of Lot 12 to his son, Benjamin R. Moody.


  • Mary MacKenzie, The Plains of Abraham: A History of North Elba & Lake Placid, Lee Manchester, ed., Utica, NY: Nicholas K. Burns Publishing, 2007, pp. 84 - 94. Full text here


The Guild News, August 1945

"Home Town Jottings"

The Benjamin R. Moody homestead at 150 River Street has been sold to the General Ice Cream Corporation, which will erect a large plant on the property.


2011-01-10 09:17:42   I have several picture's of my relatives in there home. The writing states Mr B. R. Moody, Mrs Moody and Mrs Moody's Mother. Old Moody Homestead 150 River St (Ice Cream Plant now) and another pic has Mr B. O. Moody, Mrs Etta Moody, Clarence Moody, Front room 155 River St. Dan Florida —

2011-01-11 20:14:59   Follow up...B. O. Moody had three children, Clarence, Oscar and Velma. B. O. Moody built the house on 155 River St. My Grandmother, Velma, was born in that house. Dan Florida —


1. An advertisement in the August 22, 1972 Adirondack Daily Enterprise announces the sale of the Sealtest Ice Cream Building, 154 River Street, to Dr. Lopez, who will be moving from his present location at 12 Dorsey Street. The Saranac Lake Veterinary Hospital will soon open at its new location."