Pioneer Village brochure (undated) Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 4, 1948

Address: New York Route 86, Ray Brook

Other names: Cedar Crest Residential Cabins

Year built: c. 1920

Pioneer Village was owned by Martha and Jack Cogan in 2001. The main building burned in 2005, and the rest of the cabins have since been torn down. In 2018 the property is the site of a large Tractor Supply store, set back from the road.

In 1950, it was owned by Joseph and Cornelia Bergmann, according to a liquor license notice.

In 1952, it was owned by Henry G. Pape.

Tupper Lake Free Press and Herald, May 23, 1946

Hofmann Negotiating To Purchase Pioneer Village at Ray Brook

Leonard L. Hofmann, former editor of the Free Press and manager of radio station WHDL here, expects to purchase Pioneer village, a cabin settlement at Ray Brook, two and one half miles from Saranac Lake. Hofmann expects to close the deal soon after he returns from his home in South Bend, Ind.

Pioneer village includes 10 cabins and a lodge. Each cabin is equipped with improvements and the capacity accommodations for each cabin is from four to eight persons. There is also a central sewage system, central water system and other improvements. The lodge contains a dining room and a business office.

Map from Pioneer Village Brochure, (undated).The property is owned by William Parsons, formerly of Saranac Lake. While the sale price has not been announced, it is understood to be in the neighborhood of $25,000.

Hofmann said in the event the deal is closed, he will open the cottages within a few weeks. They were closed by Parsons two years ago.

Hofmann left Tupper Lake to manage WHDL at Olean, NY., and subsequently served with a South Bend advertising agency where he was an account executive several years. He returned to New York state two weeks ago.

Lake Placid News, August 11, 1950From the Lake Placid-North Elba Historic Preservation Commission survey, September 30, 1991, Ray Brook Auto Tourist Accommodations section: Pioneer Village, on the north side of Route 86 at the corner of McKenzie Pond Road (the route of the former Old Military Road) is marked by the handsome, L-shaped, two story log office with chalet-style detailing. The one-story rustic cabins, with a total of fourteen rooms, extend east along the road from this main building, but they are principally oriented to an interior square away from the road.

Lake Placid News, November 4, 2005

Ray Brook log home mauled by fire


SARANAC LAKE - An electrical problem is believed to have caused a fire that broke out early Sunday morning at the Cedar Crest Cabins (formerly Pioneer Village) in Ray Brook, Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department spokesman John Derby said today.

The fire started in the living room of the main log house on the seven-acre property, according to Saranac Lake Fire Chief Robert Girard.

The house was already engulfed in flames at 4:22 a.m. Sunday, when six trucks and 24 firefighters from Saranac Lake, five trucks and 26 firefighters from Lake Placid and firefighters from Bloomingdale and Wilmington were dispatched to the scene, according to Derby.

Derby said the only occupant of the building escaped without harm, and no one else was injured as firefighters battled the fire during the morning hours and returned to the station shortly after noon, using approximately 400,000 gallons of water to extinguish the flames.

Derby said the main building was “gutted by fire,” but the other cabins on the seven-acre property sustained no damage.

Derby said the fire department had Adirondack Ventures listed as the owner of the property; however, the Enterprise was unable to make contact with the owner as of press time this morning. The owners of the property were present at the scene Sunday, Girard said.

An investigation into the fire is ongoing, Derby said.  Paul Smiths/Gabriels volunteer firefighters manned the Saranac Lake firehouse during the blaze, and the Tupper Lake department covered the Paul Smiths/Gabriels station.

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, February 2, 2001Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 4, 2002

To help meet a demand for long-term rental property, the former Pioneer Village vacation cottages in Ray Brook have become the Cedar Crest Residential Cabins, offering six-month and one-year leases. (photo caption)

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, August 16, 1952

Noted Violin Maker Visitor In S. Lake

Luthier Rosenthal, of New York City, known as the “Stradivarius of the 20th Century,” is visiting Saranac Lake and staying at the Pioneer Village. Mr. Rosenthal, who has made violins for Heifetz, Kreisler and Mischa Elman, is one of the most noted craftsmen in his field. He charges a minimum of $2,000 for each instrument that takes many, many months of painstaking care and know-how to finish. He is also an expert bow maker, with $250 the “low” price for one of these.

Russian born and educated in Europe, he lectures yearly at Columbia University on the history of violins.