Menzel’s Camps, Where You Can Eat, Drink, and Be Merry, 1925
Courtesy of the Adirondack Experience

Old Address: McKenzie Pond Road, McKenzie Pond

Other names: Adirondack Summer Art School

Year built: c. 1900

Other information: In 1935 a liquor license for Menzel Camps was issued to Mary Menzel, who operated the camps with her husband Frank. There was a family connection to Pietro Tanzini who married Frank and Mary's daughter, Augusta.

"Where You Can Eat, Drink, and Be Merry."


Note: There was another "Menzel's Camps" on Lake Flower at 104 Riverside Drive in the 1960s, also known as Menzel Harbor Hill Cottages apparently owned by Frank Menzel's son, Frank Menzel, Jr and his wife Kay. 

Lake Placid News, December 6, 1935Lake Placid News, June 17, 1938


Frank Menzel, Sr., 60, a proprietor of the Menzel camps, a tourist development outside of Saranac Lake, died of a heart attack Monday afternoon while he was sitting on the porch of his cottage.

He came to Saranac Lake in 1925, buying the property, then known as the Taft [sic: Tadd] school. It is located in the back road to Ray Brook.

Mr. Menzel, who was born in Austria, came to this country 30 years ago. He made his home in Syracuse where he was a machinist by trade.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, September 26, 1955

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FAMILY AND FRIENDS of Mrs. Theresa Menzel joined to wish her many happy returns on her 75th birthday which was celebrated yesterday at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Nelson, of Lake Clear Jct. Mrs. Menzel, born Sept. 25, 1880, in Vienna, Austria, came to this country in 1907 and lived in Syracuse until 1933 until the purchase of Tadd's Art School, re-named Menzel's Camp. For the celebration, the dinner table was covered with an heirloom linen cloth 100 years old. Shown above with her children who came to this country with her are, left to right: Fred, Mrs. Menzel, Frank and Mrs. Menzel.


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