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The Covered Bridge is close by the former mill site just down from the Green. The rapids there, provide oldtime summer fun. Deep river pools at the far side for swimming and diving and exploring the shady banks upstream. The 1855 Covered Bridge is presently being renovated (1998-99). (CLICK Photo for Covered Bridge photos and 1950's souvenir postcard, originally sold at Madden's Store, Jay. Shows swimming area, Old Covered Bridge, mill store and blacksmith shop.
The 'ol swimmin' hole by the falls and covered bridge in Jay is popular with visitors and natives alike. Lots of room to sit and sun on the large flat ledge (rocks) above the falls. And deep swimming holes aplenty. Sliding down the falls is fun for the young at heart. There are huge shade trees along the bank and the old Covered Bridge makes a scenic backdrop. Raspberry in season. Swim upriver in deep water for quite a way. Or meander along the trail on the east bank. (CLICK on Photo for summer fun at the Jay swimming hole. plus full text of the New York Times article (August 17, 2001) "Where the Pools Are Never Crowded, And Water Slides Are Nature's Own."
Tour #1 North: Baptist Church, the fire house and Devin's Garage. [Begin tour at the crossroads.] The Covered Bridge is at the bottom of the hill (no vehicles, just look at it.). Ward Lumber for building materials and hardware. Stop to admire the stone Baptist church on the hill. Visit the fire house and take a look at the equipment. Gas and auto repairs at Devin's, service with a smile! Plus the Northcountry's friendliest and best-stocked deli.
"Parking Area" Natural Swimming Spot on the AuSable River. Best swimming in the Adirondacks. Just a mile away! Wide river, flat rocks for sunbathing, plenty of shade, picnic tables. Pet-friendly. How to get there. 1) Follow Stonehouse Road down to Route 9N (1 mile). 2) Take 9N South to Parking Area (1 mile). Enjoy! CLICK HEREfor 15 "Parking Area" Swimming Spot Photos. CLICK HERE for Jay map that shows deep swimming spots (swimming holes) in the river. CLICK HERE for floats and about bringing, borrowing and maintaining tube/ring floats for Fourpeaks river fun.
A little about Jay history. High grade iron ore discovered nearby was first smelted in crude stone and clay furnaces with wood and natural drafts. Large scale timber harvesting continued through mid-nineteenth-century. The mill at AuSable converted later to paper manufacture and this operation lasted till the 1940's. CLICK HERE for Jay History and 50+ Antique Photos.
"A lot of great information on The Adirondacks."
Subject: Compliments & thanks for your Activities & Resources page :)
From: "Bethany "
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 12:42:04 -0400
There was a page on the sitewww.4peaks.com that I really enjoyed (http://www.4peaks.com/flinkadk.htm), so I wanted to say great job & thank you!! My family loves taking vacations, so I'm always looking for new & fun information & ideas online!
Secondly, & I hope this doesn't seem rude, but I also wanted to make a suggestion for your page. You've compiled a lot of great material, but I wanted to suggest the addition of another great page that I found online recently: http://attractions.uptake.com/blog/guide-to-the-adirondacks-13352.html . It has a lot of great information on The Adirondacks so it might be a really helpful/useful addition to your page!
Subject: Re: Compliments & thanks for your Activities & Resources page :)
From: "Martin (Your Adirondack Guide)"
Date: Sat, 28 May 2011 07:54:39 -0400
To: "Bethany "
Thanks for your email and for liking my webpage and finding it useful and for suggesting http://attractions.uptake.com/blog/guide-to-the-adirondacks-13352.html I appreciate it.
That page does make good reading, but like a lot of blogs out there is really just second hand information lifted from other pages on the internet, maybe entertaining, but not researched or responsible in a sense.
I noted particularly the statement about settlers.
"It was in the 1800s that both loggers and tourists began to visit the area." Bethany--The loggers here in the 1800's were born here! They lived and farmed on my Fourpeaks eight homesites you can come and visit today. Tourists didn't start coming up till Murray wrote his book and with the advent of the steamboat and rail access. But not the loggers and miners. They were my neighbors (now deceased).
I left a comment on the page.
"the area was left alone and viewed as a hostile wilderness until the 19th Century." Not true. Settlers from New England moved here in the 1700's. Iron was discovered above AuSable Forks early on and by the Revolutionary War Mr. Washington's troops bore muskets and iron shot from those mines, There was enough development by 1798 to form town governments. See http://4peaks.com/fk3shs.htm and related pages.
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