Great Camp cabin decor traces its roots to the late 1800s. What was a New York socialite of the era to do when summer in the city was so hot and stifling? Gamely, she packed her steamer trunks and spent July at an oceanfront mansion in Newport. Then in August, she boarded a train bound for the Adirondacks, where evergreens fringe the shores of shimmering lakes.
In the Adirondack forests, families like the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers entertained at the "Great Camps," sprawling compounds of log buildings with rustic exteriors and modern conveniences.
Most Great Camps were built of unpeeled logs and trimmed with split branches and bark. Inside, guests made themselves comfortable in log beds built by local craftspeople and around dining tables set with meals prepared by servants. The great outdoors was the main attraction, and the decor reminded guests of their surroundings.