Woodchuck Lodge tours, cider pressing this weekend

Roxbury — Woodchuck Lodge, the farmhouse where naturalist John Burroughs spent summers from 1910 to 1920, will be open for free tours this weekend, October 1 and 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. It will be the last opportunity for guided tours this season.

On Sunday, an old-fashioned apple pressing will turn fruit from the Woodchuck Lodge orchard into delectable cider. Visitors are welcome to take a turn at the hand-cranked press in this traditional rite of autumn.

The lodge is located at 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, 12474. Follow signs from NYS Route 30, just north of the hamlet of Roxbury.

There is no admission charge; donations towards the ongoing restoration of the historic site are appreciated.

Tours begin on the rustic porch Burroughs built a century ago, in 1911, and proceed through the first floor of the 1862 house, where the famous essayist entertained guests like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.

There is a picnic table on the grounds.
A short walk up the road brings you to peaceful Burroughs Memorial Field, the State-maintained historic site, where the naturalist is buried beside his treasured Boyhood Rock. The site features an outdoor exhibit on his life and work, and more picnic facilities.
For more information, call 586-4973. Find John Burroughs of Woodchuck Lodge on Facebook, too!