Woodchuck Lodge tours Aug. 1 & 2
Roxbury — Woodchuck Lodge, the rustic Roxbury farmhouse where literary naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921) spent summers during the final 10 years of his life, will be open for guided tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2.
Tours will also be offered September 5 and 6 and October 3 and 4.
There is no admission charge, but donations towards the restoration and upkeep of the building are greatly appreciated.
Woodchuck Lodge is a National Historic Landmark located on Burroughs Memorial Road off Hardscrabble Road, three miles from NYS Route 30, just north of the hamlet of Roxbury, Delaware County.
Burroughs, who was born on the family homestead not far from Woodchuck Lodge, wrote more than 25 books of essays that opened the eyes of his 19th -and 20th-century contemporaries to the wonders of the natural world right outside their doors. His books sold more than a million copies in his lifetime and were required reading in many schools.
Today, visitors to the Lodge can enjoy the peace and beauty of the hills John Burroughs loved. Picnic tables are available at Burroughs Memorial Field State Historic Site just up the road from Woodchuck Lodge, where the naturalist was buried in 1921.
For more information, go to www.roxburyny.com/visit/history, or call 845 586-4973.
To Become a Friend of Woodchuck Lodge, please send donations to Woodchuck Lodge, P.O. Box 492, Roxbury, NY 12474.