A Month at the Racket

The earliest “summer folk” of Raquette Lake were the members of the Constable family who came to camp upon the shores of Sandy Point in the 1830s.  Overtime they purchased the land from Farrand Benedict and renamed it Constable Point.   Today it is what we all know as Antler’s Point.  Edith Pilcher wrote a wonderful book The Constables: First Family of the Adirondacks which details many summer expeditions to Raquette Lake.  A first hand account of one such trip in the summer of 1855 was published in The Knickerbocker magazine in 1856.  I have reprinted here the first of three articles relating the adventures of that trip.
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