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Object Name Guideboat, Adirondack
Date 1870-1890
Maker Unknown
Material Wood
Used John Brown's "squatter's rights" camp on Upper Ausable Lake
Description Guideboat. Painted blue inside and out. Three wooden bottom seats. 3 sets of seat cleats. Two sets of oarlocks. One set yoke cleats.
L:15' 4" B:38" Wt.:96 lbs.

The artist Harold Weston (1894-1972) rowed this Adirondack guideboat in the Keene Valley area. Weston purchased this one from a guide, John K. Brown, superintendent of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve in 1887 and 1888 and built many camps in the area.
We suspect that this is an early boat because it is fastened with iron screws. The hole in the deck was meant for a jacklight for deer hunting at night.

John K. Brown was a Keene Valley guide, builder of camps, and superintendent of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve in 1887 and 1888. He used this boat himself and then sold it to the Weston family before 1900. The boat was probably built some years earlier, possibly in Newcomb. There are only three known nineteenth century Keene Valley builders, Mason and Legrand Hale, and Horace Braman. The donor, Harold Weston (1894-1972) was an artist who painted in the Adirondacks.

NOTE 08/16/2006 ATTRIBUTION COMMENT by Steven Sulavik: " Guideboat of the artist Harold Weston. Unknown builder."
Notes 15' 4.5" X 38", 96 lbs.
Dimensions W-3.167 L-15.333 feet
Collection BBB310
Catalog Number 1956.076.0010
Other number AM 2565, cat. 113
Imagefile 051\1956.076.0010.jpg
Species Guideboat, Adirondack
Owned by Donor's father and Brown, John K. (guide)