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Mohonk Historical Timeline

Learn about the history of Mohonk from 1869 to the present.

  • 1869
    Stokes Tavern - Mohonk Mountain House History

    1869 - The Beginning

    Albert K. Smiley founds Mohonk Mountain House with the purchase of 280 acres.

  • 1871
    Archival Hiking Trails

    1871 - Trail Networks

    The first hiking paths, trails, and carriage roads were developed for guest use.

  • 1888
    Mohonk House Construction_Central Building

    1888 - Mountain House Addition

    The Central Building section of the Mountain House is constructed.

  • 1890
    Stone summerhouse at 1900

    1890 - Stone Summerhouse

    Mohonk’s first and only stone summerhouse is completed.

  • 1895
    International Arbitration Conference, 1905

    1895 - Seeking a Peaceful World

    Conference on International Arbitration convenes (meets through 1916).

  • 1896
    Mohonk Aerial View in 1928

    1896 - Mohonk Cooperative Weather Station

    The Mohonk Lake Cooperative Weather Station, with the Mohonk Preserve, is established at Mohonk. It has recorded weather daily for more than 115 years and continues to do so today.

  • 1897
    Lady Playing Golf with Caddy 1920s

    1897 - Creation of our golf course

    Mohonk’s Scottish-inspired golf course was first laid out by Mother Nature and Albert Smiley, along with two house guests, E.E. Schermerhorn and Mr. James Talcott.

    The original layout in 1897 was 1600 yards. In later years, Mr. Robert Pryde, a Scotsman working in Yale, Connecticut, lengthened the course to 2350 yards and added Scottish charm. The current length is 2707 yards. The golf course’s undulating fairways require you hit to flat landing areas called bowls and protects itself with blind tee shots and uneven lies.

  • 1900
    Fourth of July Illumination of the Mountain 1915

    1900 - Illumination of the Mountain

    The first Illumination of the Mountain for the Fourth of July evening ceremony to begin a precious Mohonk tradition. Described as “A truly splendid spectacle of colored illuminations of the face of Sky Top, with the red and green fires blending, as it were, the spring and autumn foliage into one.”

  • 1923
    Sky Top Tower Archival

    1923 - Sky Top Tower

    Sky Top Tower, the fourth and final construction, built with conglomerate rock, is constructed as a memorial to Albert Smiley.

  • 1933
    Mtn House Winter 1920s

    1933 - Open for Winter

    The Mountain House first opens for guests during the winter.

  • 1934
    Ice Skating on the Lake in 1938

    1934 - Skating on the Lake

    Ice skating on the lake became available for guests

  • 1935
    Victorian Show Garden, 1901

    1935 - Garden Holiday

    Garden Lovers’ Holiday debuts as the first theme program.

  • 1963

    1963 - Preserving the Land

    Mohonk donates thousands of acres of land to establish a land trust, now known as the Mohonk Preserve.

  • 1972

    1972 - Barn Museum

    The Barn Museum opens to showcase Mohonk history.

  • 1977
    Mystery Weekend Archive

    1977 - Mystery Weekend

    Mystery Weekend program created at Mohonk, pioneering the mystery theatre movement nationwide. Early participants include Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, and Edward Gorey.

  • 1986
    Mohonk National Historic Landmark

    1986 - National Historic Landmark

    Mohonk Mountain House, with its surrounding 7,800 acres of land (including acreage transferred to Mohonk Preserve) is designated as a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.

  • 1994
    UN Environment Award

    1994 - Environmental Stewardship

    Mohonk receives the United Nations Environment Award recognizing 125 years of environmental stewardship and leadership.

  • 2001
    Mohonk Skating Pavilion

    2001 - Pavilion Opens

    The Pavilion is completed for ice skating during the winter and other activities during the rest of the year.

  • 2005
    Indoor Pool at Mohonk Mountain House

    2005 - Spa Wing

    The Spa Wing opens as the first addition to the Mountain House since 1910. Ranked the #1 Resort Spa in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler, the new spa includes 16 treatment rooms, two verandas, a solarium complete with a stone fireplace, outdoor heated mineral pool, indoor pool, fitness center, steam room, and dry rock sauna.

  • 2005
    Carriage Lounge - Cocktails, Wine, and Beer - Mohonk

    2005 - Carriage Lounge

    The West Lounge (later renamed Carriage Lounge) opens as Mohonk’s first cocktail lounge.

  • 2016
    Mohonk Grove Lodge Exterior Evening

    2016 - Grove Lodge

    Grove Lodge debuts as Mohonk Mountain House’s first new accommodations in more than 100 years. It features sustainable design and modern luxury.

  • 2022
    Seasonal Lakeview Summer House Exterior at Mohonk

    2022 - Lakeview Summerhouse

    Inspired by the rustic wooden summerhouses that dot the hiking trails throughout the resort, the Lakeview Summerhouse treatment room is unveiled. Houses the Lakeview Summerhouse Massage as well as private yoga, meditation, and mindfulness sessions.

  • 2023

    2023 - Mohonk Honey

    Crafted by local bees in our picturesque apiary in the Shawangunk Mountains, Mohonk Honey launched in Summer of 2023. Available for purchase in the Mohonk Gift Shop.

  • 2023
    Mohonk Sky Top Tower

    2023 - 100 Year Anniversary of Sky Top Tower

    Standing tall since 1923, Sky Top Tower was originally constructed to be used as a forest fire lookout station. Earlier versions of the tower had succumbed to the elements, and after the passing of Mohonk’s founder, Albert K. Smiley, a committee of guests formed a plan for a memorial tower in his honor.

  • 2024

    2024 - Mohonk Via Ferrata

    Officially open Spring of 2024! Mohonk’s Via Ferrata offers a blend of rock climbing, cable traverses, and aerial staircases for an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of the Shawangunk Mountains. Seasonally available to overnight guests of Mohonk Mountain House.


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