Woodchuck Lodge tours set for Labor Day weekend

Roxbury — Woodchuck Lodge, the summer home of celebrated naturalist John Burroughs, will be open for tours all three days of Labor Day Weekend.

The lodge, located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road will be open for free tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 1, 2 and 3. Follow signs from Route 30 to Hardscrabble Road, just north of the hamlet of Roxbury.

The 1862 farmhouse was built by Burroughs’ brother, Curtis on the east end of the family homestead farm. It was the summer home of the famed nature writer from 1910 to 1920.
John Burroughs died in 1921, and was buried on his 84th birthday just up the road from the lodge, at what is now called Burroughs Memorial Field, a NYS Historic Site. The scenic, peaceful spot is an easy walk from Woodchuck Lodge and well worth a visit.

Guided tours of the lodge, offered the first weekend of each month, May through October, start on the rustic porch John built, and proceed through the first floor of the house, where Burroughs entertained guests like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.

For more information, call 586-4973, go to www.woodchucklodge.org, or find JohnBurroughsofWoodchuckLodge on Facebook.