1912 Upper Saranac Lake mapLocation: On the north shore of Gilpin Bay, Upper Saranac Lake

Other names: Camp Cherokee

Year built: before 1900

Other information: Cherokee Lodge belonged to a W.H. Jackson.  By 1948, it had become a co-ed children's camp, Camp Cherokee, run by Manuel Hirsch of the Jewish Young Men’s Association of Rochester.  By 1964, it had become a Seventh-day Adventist camp based in Oswego, a use that has continued through 2022.

Troy Daily Times, July 5, 1900


At Cherokee Lodge.

Between Camp Aradosia, [sic (Arodasi); now Camp Forestcraft] where the Andersons are staying, and the Morton Camp [Pine Brook], is located Cherokee Lodge, the property of W. H. Jackson of New York. One of the merriest parties inhabiting the lake camps this season is to be found here. Among others there now are Miss Jackson and her sister, Mrs. W. E. Woodford, besides Mrs. F. R. Bremner, Miss Knox and Pendalton Duffy. Mr. Woodford and Mr. Jackson will arrive this week, and expect to remain during the greater part of the summer. An additional cottage was built at this ramp this season to accommodate the friends of the Jacksons, and two naphtha launches are constantly in commission. These little boats, known as the Cherokee and Gilpin Bay, are among the speediest on the lake.

New York Times, July 7, 1907

Mrs. E. W. Bucknell has been spending several days at her camp, Pine Point, and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Jackson and the members of their family will be among the early July arrivals at their camp, Cherokee Lodge.

Country Life in America, May, 1910, p. 6

Cherokee Lodge

One of the most complete and attractive
Camps in the Adirondacks consisting of about 100 acres of first growth timber land, with a frontage of about 1,300 feet on the lake; main dwelling has 11 rooms and two baths; another five rooms, bath and separate laundry; another three rooms and bath; another four rooms, bath and kitchen; separate building with dining-room, butler's pantry, kitchen and servants' dining-room; Guide's house with two rooms and bath: Amusement hall containing pool table and piano, boat house with library or sitting-room; launch house, ice house and other necessary outbuildings; Full supply of linen, silver and bedding; there are three launches, a full supply of ice and wood.

For sale or rent on attractive terms.
For photographs and full particulars see

Fred'k Zittel & Sons

Broadway and 79th Street, NEW YORK

Elizabethtown Post, August 1, 1912

George. W. Perkins, T. R.'s friend, has leased Cherokee Lodge on Upper Saranac Lake.

New-York Tribune, Sunday; September 1, 1912.

…Among the persons who witnessed the regatta were Mr. and Mrs. George W. Perkins, who came from Cherokee Lodge, on Gilpin Bay, where they are spending several weeks in quietude…

New York Times, April 4, 1915

John F. Scott, in conjunction with Douglas L. Elliman & Co., has leased for the estate of W. H. Jackson the camp known as Cherokee Lodge on Upper Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains, to Henderson M. Green.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 6, 1948

Younger Folk Flock To Summer Camps

…Camp Cherokee is settled comfortably alongside Saranac Lake. Its superb swimming is carefully supervised by expert instructors.  It is run for boys and girls, from 5 to 14, by Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Baker of Springfield, Mass., and Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Hirsch of Rochester…

Syracuse Post-Standard, Sunday. March 19, 1961Mexico Independent, July 23, 1964

Sylvan Beach Vienna News


Joseph Twing, associate pastor was the speaker at the Vienna Seventh-day Adventist Church. He mentioned the beautiful Camp Cherokee on Saranac Lake, where a number present had spent a few days in the natural setting of water, sky and woods. The wildlife there will interest the junior campers, who are there this week. Twing mentioned the pleasure of watching chipmunks, porcupines, raccoons, rabbits a n d ducks with the small ducks. The scripture texts used by Twing were Galatians 2:20,21. He emphasized that living for Christ is of more importance than dying.

Oswego Valley News, August 11, 1976

Oswego Boy Heads For Adventist Camp

Early Sunday morning, Aug. 8, George Nearbin, age 11, 62 E. Van Buren St., Oswego, left for Friendship-Opportunity Camp, the Seventh-day Adventist Camp Cherokee on Upper Saranac Lake. He will be there for one week enjoying swimming, boating, mini-bike riding, crafts, horseback riding and mountain hiking. Bible stories, skits and songs are enjoyed each evening in a special worship service held in. the woods.

This was all made possible by the communities of Oswego and Fulton. Each fall the Seventh-day Adventist Church volunteers go to houses in the community soliciting funds to help with their work.

Sending a local child to Friendship-Opportunity Camp is just one of the many things these solicited funds do. They also help with the Dial-A-Prayer in Oswego and in Fulton and with the Community Services Center that helps care for the needs of fire victims and those in dire need.

Oswego Valley News, August 11, 1981

Area Children Attend Camp in Adirondacks

Five young people from the Hannibal area attended one of the week-long sessions at Camp Cherokee, Youth Camp near Saranac Inn, N.Y. according to Darleen Cook, director of the Seventh-day Adventist Community Services.

Camp Cherokee is one of 60 youth camps operated by the denomination in North America.

The 108-acre facility is located on Upper Saranac Lake and offers swimming and water sports to those attending.

During the summer session, the camp, directed by Robert Farley, Syracuse, N.Y., with a staff of twenty, offers six different sessions generally geared to the age of those attending. The formal camping season closes with a family camp in late August.

Tupper Lake Free Press and Herald, July 26, 1989

Reading skills camp Camp Cherokee will offer its third seasons Reading Skills Camp, August 20-25. Last year reading progress averaged 2 years in only one week of camp. This is a perfect time to brush up reading skills for the coming school year.

Vince & Charlene Botticelli, from Learning for Life Reading Centers, will lead out in the Reading Skills Camp for children 8 to 18 years. Each child will also have a personal one-to-one tutor.

This 5-day, overnight camp will provide camp activities- such as horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, water skiing, ceramics, crafts and etc. -between reading sessions.

Camp Cherokee is only 7 miles from Tupper Lake on Rt. 30

Country Life, May 1914, p. 8

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