WILMINGTON - The Wilmington Historical Society will present a slideshow program, "The Wilderness Life of Noah John Rondeau, Adirondack Hermit" with author William J. O'Hern as the speaker, at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Wilmington Community Center.
"Noah John Rondeau" ... A hundred years have passed since thirty-year old Noah John Rondeau abandoned his trade as a barber in Lake Placid for a life in the wilds of the High Peaks of New York's Adirondack Mountains. Weary of "Civilization" and "Authority's" regulations, Rondeau chose to live an isolated hermit's life in the Cold River country. Rondeau gained national fame in the late 1940s and early '50s as sportsmen shows became great events across America. In 1963, thanks to the generosity of a life-long close friend, Noah was given Singing Pines, a hardscrabble converted chick coop, to live out his days in the outskirts of the village of Wilmington. There he gardened, tended fruit trees, chopped wood, feed the birds, gathered with friends and lived much like he did back at Cold River only closer to civilization. Vintage photographs, actual voice recordings and music will recreate the wilderness life in Rondeau's "city of wigwams."
Author William J. "Jay" O'Hern, a retired teacher, lives in rural Cleveland, New York. Years of backpacking taught Jay the Adirondack Mountains' nooks and crags not only had natural beauty, but could be interesting from a historical point of view.