Once a major industrial center known for its lumbering, papermaking, and woodworking plants, Tupper Lake still harbors its share of smokestacks, especially along the lakefront. Meanwhile, the downtown remains small, tightly knit, and compact, made up of early-20th-century brick buildings. Many of the street names bear evidence of the town’s French-American heritage.
Historic Beth Joseph Synagogue
The oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks, Beth Joseph (Lake St., 518/359-7229, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Tues.–Fri. July–Aug.; Fri. Sabbath services at 7 p.m. July–Aug.), is an architectural gem built in 1905 by Russian Jewish immigrants who had originally come to the region as peddlers. At its peak in the mid-1920s, the synagogue served about 35 families but was closed in 1959 due to a dwindling congregation.
Now on the State Registry of Historic Buildings, the synagogue functions as a small museum. All fixtures and furnishings are original, and the vestibule houses an exhibit on the town’s early Jewish community. Downstairs is a small art gallery.
Outfitters and Guides
Raquette River Outfitters (1754 Rte. 30, 518/359-3228, www.raquetteriveroutfitters.com) rents canoes, provides car shuttles, and offers guided canoe trips. Cold River Ranch (Rte. 3, Coreys, 518/359-7559) offers trail rides and overnight horse-pack trips.
Accommodations and Food
Hidden in an idyllic woodsy setting six miles east of the village is The Wawbeek (553 Panther Mountain Rd., off Rte. 30, 518/359-2656, www.wawbeek.com, $195–495 d). Once a private boy’s camp, the Wawbeek centers on the regal Mountain House Lodge. Next door is a restaurant (average entrée $21) where regional American dishes are served. Also on-site are a modern guest annex, log-cabin cottages, tennis courts, and a private beach.
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