Wiawaka Holiday House

  • Retreat
3778 Route 9L
Lake George, NY 12845
(518) 668-9690
Hours:
Seasonally from the end of June through the end of August

About Us

Wiawaka was created by and for women in 1903. It is the oldest and longest continuously operating retreat for women in America. Today, the Board and staff are proud to honor the tradition and embrace read more
  • About

    Wiawaka was created by and for women in 1903. It is the oldest and longest continuously operating retreat for women in America. Today, the Board and staff are proud to honor the tradition and embrace the future as they work to maintain this historic property and ful?ll the mission set forth by the founder, Mary Fuller. The daughter of a Troy industrialist, Mary Fuller was active at St Paul’s Episcopal Church and the Troy Young Women’s Association (which later became the YWCA). She used her position and wealth to help the young, mainly immigrant, female textile workers employed as shirt collar makers, laundresses and mill workers in Troy and Cohoes. Wiawaka made it possible for the “girls” to escape the city and enjoy affordable vacations. In its ?rst summer of operation, 176 guests came, and room and board was $3.50 per week. Miss Fuller approached her friends Spencer and Katrina Trask of Tuxedo Park, Saratoga and Lake George to help ?nd a location for her retreat. The Trask’s purchased an old estate called Crosbyside, an idyllic setting for Mary Fuller’s vision. Crosbyside was home to one of the earliest resorts on Lake George, The United States Hotel c. 1850, as well as the site of the founding of the American Canoeing Assn. At ?rst they leased, but ultimately the Trasks gave the property to Miss Fuller, who in turn deeded it to Wiawaka. Wiawaka is proud to share a heritage with Yaddo. The Trask’s built their ?rst artists’ retreat at Wiawaka-an Adirondack lodge known as Wakonda where students from the New York Arts Club held their ?rst retreat. Georgia O’Keeffe was a regi

  • Highlights

    • Beautiful Historic Oldest Operating Womens' Retreat
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  • Whom to Contact

    • Doreen Kelly
  • Directions

    On the East Side of Lake George on Route 9L