FREE Adirondack Fire Tower Program at the Adirondack History Museum

Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower

The Adirondack (ADK) History Museum is offering a free Adirondack Fire Tower Program on August 12 from 9 am – 3 pm starting at the Elizabethtown museum home base. The daylong session will start with an educational discussion with Fire Tower expert David Thomas-Train.

According to Adirondack History Museum Director Aurora McCaffrey this is the second time this summer that this free program has been offered to families with children in 4th to 8th grades.

“We have held this program in 2013 and a shorter program in 2014,” says McCaffrey. “This summer we did a similar educational day and hike in July. We meet at the museum and the class will visit the whole museum. David Thomas-Train will show the new fire tower exhibit and the light-up Essex County map of all the restored fire towers. He’ll also lead smaller groups up the museum’s fire tower. Then the group heads to Poke-O-Moonshine to climb the mountain.”

The hiking participants will learn about the natural history of Poke-O-Moonshine as well as the trail brochure and restored “fire finder” map.

“Transportation is not provided,” says McCaffrey. “After the museum class, participants meet at the mountain for a guided hike where we climb to the top and have lunch at the summit. People do need to bring a brown bag lunch. Parents are included in all the activities, including the free museum tour. After the hike people just go their separate ways.”


Reservations are required for the Adirondack Fire Tower Program. Please call 518-873-6466 to reserve your space.

photo of Poke-O-Moonshine is used with the permission of the Adirondack History Museum

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