Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and Museum – Saranac Lake

Posted on: May 9th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Saranac_Lake_-_Stevenson_CottageThe Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and Museum  is a small, but fun museum well worth a visit during your stay in Saranac Lake.   Though small, the museum is packed with information about author Robert Louis Stevenson.

The home was built in the mid 1860s and later converted for use as a cure cottage.  Stevenson occupied the house with his family while he recovered from a lung condition from October 1887 to April 1888.

It was during Stevenson’s stay in Saranac Lake that he composed one of his most famous stories, The Master of Ballantrae (later made into a film starring Errol Flynn).

In the 1920s the house was purchased by the Stevenson Society of America, which continues to operate the museum today.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.

This is a must-see for any Robert Louis Stevenson fan.  Even those who are not familiar with his work will find something interesting at this museum! The curator is extremely knowledgeable and his passion for the subject shines through, and is infectious.

While the museum is small, it is packed with information and memorabilia.  It’s organized perfectly to take you through Stevenson’s life and the time in which he lived.  You may find it so fascinating you’ll want to stay all day!


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