History of Stillwater

Historically, the Adirondacks had been considered a forbidding wilderness. The writings of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson helped transform this image into one of spiritual renewal. Stillwater Hotel's motivation is to keep that concept alive.

Since its inception, Stillwater Hotel has been a haven for hunters, fishermen and locals. Over the years, snowmobilers, campers and those truly looking to get away from it all have discovered this wilderness gem as well. Stillwater Reservoir has many scenic trails, beautiful campsites, boating, fantastic bass fishing, and a wide range of wildlife including bald eagles, hummingbirds, moose, deer, loons and coyotes.

The Stillwater Hotel was originally built in the early 1900's as a residence. Though there have been many renovations and expansions over the years, much of its architecture and decor are reminiscent of the early days of Adirondack life. Steeped in history, the hotel's "Ice-house room" was the original refrigeration unit for the building. Men and horses would drag blocks of ice into the room, keeping perishables cool. The Ice-house room functioned this way until the 1950's, when electricity was brought to Stillwater. It served as lodging for staff from the 1970's to the early 1990's, when Marian and Joe turned it into the hotel's most spacious room. Today the Ice-house room is much warmer and cozier than its name implies!

Many of Stillwater's historic areas still remain true to their roots. Across from Stillwater Hotel is Beaver River, a Hamlet with a year-round population of about 40. Residents live without electricity, cable, internet and many other modern conveniences. Boat tours of the reservoir are available throughout the summer season. During the winter, while snowmobiling down the railroad tracks, you may come across old railroad stations, such as Big Moose Station, now a restaurant.


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