Adirondack Cabin Stories: Fifty Years in the Wilderness 1960-2009

This is a book of short stories based on the experiences of the Henningson family and a group of friends who have worked, fished, skied, snow shoed and hunted together on the edge of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area in the Northwest Corner of Warren County, New York for over 50 years. The events took place between 1960 and 2009.

 Although the stories are true, our memories have faded regarding some of the finer details. Events may have been embellished somewhat, which is common with camp stories passed down through oral history. We believe that these memories are too precious to forget or leave unrecorded. Therefore, collectively, we have compiled some of our favorites. Whenever possible we have illustrated the stories with hand-drawn sketches or annotated maps and pictures.

 Many of these stories are about hunting white-tailed deer in the wilderness. To be successful, hunters under these conditions need to develop a broad array of skills and become comfortable with the habitat. Today, the number of hunters in New York State is rapidly declining; perhaps half what it was 50 years ago. Commonly urban activists decry hunting as a “blood sport”. However, for the main characters in these stories, the Henningson brothers Peter, Art and John, hunting wasn’t just sport. Rather it reflected a complex set of values developed over time and nurtured by our father, Arthur Senior. In fact, Art, John, Sister Judy and their “adopted” sibling, Jim all attended the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University. There, we learned the ecological foundations of modern, science based, wildlife and forest management practices.  Consequently, our ingrained values were further buttressed by our professional training. In addition, the camp and associated outdoor activities became a unifying factor in times of stress or family turmoil.  The wilderness was a balm to sooth the angst of modern day life.

 However, beneath all this, is a love story about our love of a wild unspoiled wilderness and those who share that affection with us.  This book is dedicated to Art and Marjorie who gave us a set of values to support us in difficult and troubled times, a deep and abiding sense of family love that transcended sibling rivalry and a place in the wilderness.

I would like to express great appreciation to my siblings and friends who have shared their experiences and written portions of the book. Further, the book is greatly enhanced by Brother Arthur’s illustrations. Finally, I want to thank my sister Judith for taking on the tedious job of reformatting and editing this conglomeration of thoughts and memories.

 We hope that you enjoy the stories as much as we, who actually experienced them.  Perhaps they will inspire others to document their family history and pass it on as a valuable gift to the generations that follow.

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Latitude: 43.7148678 Longitude: -74.0658653 Elevation: 1635 ft
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Type of Work

Non-Fiction

Name of Author

John Henningson

Publisher

Copyright © John Henningson

September 11, 2009

All rights reserved.

ISBN#: 9780983957911

Library of congress#: 2011917961

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Additional Notes

The  book is self published and copyrighted. It has 180 pages including over 30 stories written by my four siblings, several lifelong friends and I. Each story is prefaced by relevant hand illustrations and there are numerous historic and current pictures of the cabin and the forests we roamed.

 

Comments

Happy to have been a small part of a great experience. It should live on, thanks for putting it together. I have told the story a thousand times of stopping the old 58 Ford at "Deer Crossing" signs on the way north to North Creek. And remember that blueberry pie!

Bob Whyte, 5/22/2011

The stories in this little book remind me of my younger days hunting in the foothill of the Berkshires in Columbia County, NY. John Henningson really expresses his love of hunting, fishing and just being outdoors in the Adirondacks. It is too bad that many of today’s young people have never developed this love of hunting and fishing that John expresses so well.

John Mulligan, 5/22/2011

Art Henningson Jr. loaned me a copy of the book just yesterday when I had heard about the nomination. I was immediatly immersed in the stories of Arts' family and friends when I opened it. What strikes me most about it is the well rounded mix of science based education as it relates to the heart felt stories that the Henningsons and their friends have to share. A great read!

Don Willie, 5/24/2011

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