Brandon epitomizes one of the classic Adirondack “Parks” established in the early 1900s by the nation’s successful industrialists. Originally part of William Rockefeller’s Bay Pond Estate, Brandon was acquired by the Ross family of Delaware in 1939. The family set a high bar for stewardship of both land and water resources since the inception. Today, the property tastefully incorporates everything necessary for a wilderness recreation experience with all the accoutrements of the modern age.
Bisected by over nine miles of the wild and scenic Saint Regis River and surrounding some of the last of the private, pristine water bodies not in the public trust, Brandon is perhaps the finest brook trout fishery in the eastern United States.
The fishery complements upland bird and trophy white-tailed deer habitat in a spectacular setting surrounded by high peaks.
Brandon is located in the Northwest Adirondacks and on the southern edge of the St. Lawrence River Valley. Public preserves and protected land nearly surround Brandon further adding to the integrity of the wilderness experience.
Despite being located within a vast wilderness, Brandon is deceptively accessible and connected.
Wanting to ensure that this property was protected for future generations, the family donated one of the first conservation easements to The Nature Conservancy in 1978. This thoughtful conservation easement protects the character of the property.
Approximately 80% of the ownership is in commercially viable forest area. The timberland investment components alone justify value.
This totally private 28,120-acre± preserve is one of only a small handful left in the northeast. Given the fishery, timberland investment components and the pristine natural beauty, it is among the top few nationally.