Quackenbush's Long View Wilderness Lodge
A Brief History

People are always curious about the history of s Long View Lodge so the following is a brief history.

The story of Long View Lodge begins back in the 1840’s when as a young girl, Lavonia Stanton, came with her family from the Lake Champlain area to settle here in Long Lake. With only a handful of families at that time, Long Lake was a very primitive place. Life was very difficult for her family but she did receive an education and actually wrote down the story of her early childhood, its hardships and joys. She left that story to her family as a legacy. The determination of families to survive in this difficult land and her early childhood memories are an inspiration to many who study the history of the Adirondacks.

Lavonia met and married Benjamin Franklin Emerson and in the late 1800’s they turned their farm house in Deerland into a tourist home. That was the beginning of what we now call Long View Lodge. At that time it was referred to as the “Emerson Homestead”.

In 1910, their son Wallace F. Emerson and his wife Mary Ann Harper Emerson purchased the then 120 acre Long View property. In the years that followed many improvements were made to the building including a dormer to allow for more guests and a larger dining room. Running Long View Lodge was mainly left to Mrs. Emerson with the four Emerson children taking an active part in the daily work, Mr. Emerson, with the help of sons John and Wallace concentrated on boat building. He made canvas canoes but became well known for his wide guideboats.

In June, 1929, the Emerson family was hit with a devastating blow. The entire structure burned to the ground. The cause of the fire was attributed to a mouse enjoying an early morning breakfast of electrical wiring! The Emerson family went right to work and, with the aid of a Warrensburg builder and a crew of mainly French Canadians, rebuilt the hotel and had it open for business by the Fall of 1929. This sturdy structure still stands tall today!

Through the years, the meal bell that you see out on the deck could be heard ringing calling guests to come in from the lake to eat their meals. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson continued the operation of Long View with the help of their family until their deaths in the 1950’s. At that time, a family corporation was formed to run the operation until 1962 when the property was divided up within the family.

Florence Emerson McIntyre and Harry P. McIntyre began operating the Lodge in 1962 and operated it until their retirement in 1971. During their tenure, a bar was added . Their wonderful sense of humor and great stories are remembered by all who visited during that time.

In 1971, their daughter Ruth and her husband Don Howe purchased the business and operated it for the next 23 years. In addition to raising their three children during this time, they modernized the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms and completed many other major projects that helped to upgrade the facility.

In April, 1994, the Lodge changed hands again! Fred and Angela Fink became the 5th generation family to operate it Fred and Angela dedicated themselves to preserving this wonderful building and continuing its legacy. The new bar addition, kitchen renovation and complete winterizing project has given The Lodge more flexibility in serving customers year round. The Quackenbush Family, the new owners, wants to be here for many years to come to continue the tradition of hospitality that began so many years ago. 

The Quackenbush name and family roots started in New York in 1653 with three brothers named Bont, Maritje, and Pieter. A Quackenbush has been in every conflict or war since the French and Indian War. Unfortunately, there were Quackenbushs’ fighting during the Civil War on both sides: North against the South: brother against brother. There was a Colonel Quackenbush that was in charge of supplies for General Washington during the Revolutionary War. Another was Admiral Quackenbush, who commanded an Ironside for the North during the Civil War. For the South there was a Colonel Quackenbush from North Carolina. During WWII and the Korean War there was another Admiral Quackenbush. Did you know that our eighth president is a descendent of a Quackenbush? Martin VanBuren’s mother’s side was Quackenbush. Did you know that you can find the Quackenbush name in all 50 states?

Our family has its roots in the heart of New York State. Mark S. Quackenbush, son of Otis Quackenbush and Kathleen Cook Quackenbush was born and raised in both Montgomery and Fulton Counties. He attended area schools and entered the United States Marine Corps in 1966 where he served almost two tours of duty in Viet Nam before being wounded for the third time and sent home to recuperate. He has many medals, on display, including three purple hearts. SEMPER FI!

Mark met me, Valerie Sayles, in 11/78 and we were married in 9/79. My roots can also be traced back to Montgomery County, which is in the Mohawk River Valley. I graduated from Fonda-Fultonville Central School. I continued my education at SUNY Plattsburgh where I earned a BS in Elementary Education.

Mark and I have three sons. The eldest, Bryon, lives near Las Vegas and works for a computer company. Justin, the middle son, lives in Winter Haven, Florida where our family has resided since 1986. He assists his father with another family business, Prime Material Sales. The youngest, Jarod, everyone seems to already know! He is the family owner on site for The Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge. He has been very active in baseball since he was young and then his interests took him into flying airplanes and now helicopters. We are so proud of him and all that he has accomplished in these first few months of ownership. Also, please keep on coming back for his wings! I must also mention Paige Lemmons, Jarod’s other half, who has worked side by side with him and has helped with our success.

Vacationing here for the past 10 years was not enough. We wanted to become part of this wonderful hamlet. Hopefully, in the near future, we will be able to spend more time at the lodge and get to know each and every one of our customers. We thank you, our new friends, for the warmest welcome to Long Lake.

Our family roots are pulling us back north for our retirement years. With a name like Quackenbush, which means “wilderness” in Dutch, how could we not name the Long View, The Quackenbush’s Long View Wilderness Lodge?

We acknowledge the long history of the lodge (1840-2007) and the five generations of families that made the Long View the beautiful place that it is today. Now, it is our turn to create a family business with its own traditions.

Valerie Sayles Quackenbush


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