Minerva is a place that's rich in history. Surrounded by wilderness, at one point it was solely populated by the town's founder, American Revolutionary War soldier Ebenezer West, and his five sons. In 1808, Solomon Northup was born there. The free-born African-American went to the local schools and later became famous for his book "Twelve Years a Slave," which was published in 1853. It detailed how he had been kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years before regaining his freedom.
Now, half of Minerva consists of state land and is rightfully known for the amazing scenery of its hikes, the liveliness of its fish, and the centrality of its location for snowmobiling. Many of the hiking trails lead to bodies of water, so the area is especially notable for hikes that form chains to different ponds from the same trailhead.
The nineteenth-century painter Winslow Homer was a summer visitor who painted almost all of his famous Adirondack works in the area around Minerva. Today, his presence is celebrated at the museum in the Minerva Historical Society.
Peaceful tranquility and giant tracts of ponds and forests, lakes and evergreens, rivers and shores. For more, read the blog post Adirondack Inspired Art: Winslow Homer.
5 Morse Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 937
Minerva, NY 12851
Telephone: (518) 251-2869
Fax: (518) 251-5136