The lore of Lake George and its individual islands, drawn from the author’s forty-two years as a New York State ranger and ranger supervisor there. Frank Leobruno blends history, description and reminiscences of people he has met, Lake George natives and campers, for a book at once informative and warmly intimate.
Lake George Reflections: Island History and Lore
About the Book
A wide-ranging distillation of history and lore based on Frank Leonbruno’s forty-two-year career as a New York State ranger on Lake George, the last ten as Supervisor of Lake George operations. This book is manifold and is based on Leonbruno’s own reminiscences, conversations with Lake George area natives and campers, and his own research into historical documents. It relates the history of individual islands– both private and state owned. The book addresses important environmental issues, specifically focusing on the severe erosion which is occurring on many of the islands. Not only is Lake George Reflections an important book for everyone who knows and loves the lake, and a wonderful introduction for all others, it is the definitive book on camping on the Lake George islands.
“The Lake George islands and all public lands in the Adirondack Park are protected as forever wild by the New York State constitution. But even wild lands require loving stewardship. Frank Leonbruno provided that for over four decades. He cared for our public property as though it were his own. His work enriched the lives of thousands of folk who learned to share his view that Lake George is one of the most beautiful bodies of water on earth.” – from the Introduction by Peter A. A. Berle.
About the Author
Frank Leonbruno began his career on Lake George in 1935 when he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. He worked as a New York State ranger at Lake George between 1941 and 1983, serving as Supervisor of Lake George operations since 1973. He is also a past director of the Lake George Association.
6 x 9 inches