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Hermit Noah John Rondeau (photo: Adolph Dittmar)
Hermit Noah John Rondeau (photo: Adolph Dittmar)

Cracking a hermit's secret code

Adirondack hermit Noah John Rondeau kept extensive journals of daily life in the wilderness. But much of it was written in code. Todd Moe talks with Dave Greene, who cracked Rondeau's coded memoirs. Greene will give a public presentation on breaking Noah John's code in North Creek on Saturday night.

Donations will be accepted for ALAP, a partnership of Protect the Adirondacks with the Adirondack Watershed Institute of Paul Smiths.  Go to full article
Noah John Rondeau
Noah John Rondeau

Adirondack Attic: vintage radio chat with the Hermit of Cold River

Andy Flynn's "Adirondack Attic" series continues with the story of a 1959 radio interview with Noah John Rondeau - the Hermit of Cold River. It's in the audio archives at the Adirondack Museum. You may know Andy from his series of "Adirondack Attic" books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.  Go to full article

An Adirondack hermit's journals, decoded

In 1946, the Adirondack hermit, Noah John Rondeau, wrote entries in his annual journal in a complicated code. Fifty years later a young man and an old man deciphered the symbols. William J. O'Hern uses the 1946 journal as the basis of his new book, Noah John Rondeau's Adirondack Wilderness Days, a Year with the Hermit of the Cold River Flow. Betsy Kepes has this review.  Go to full article
Noah Rondeau, Mayor of Cold River
Noah Rondeau, Mayor of Cold River

The Great Adirondack Hermit, Noah John Rondeau

One of the most famous outdoorsmen in Adirondack history was the hermit Noah John Rondeau. Rondeau lived deep in wilds of the Cold River country, near Tupper Lake. During his two decades in the woods, Rondeau became a mentor to hikers and local hunters. He was finally forced out of the woods by old age and by the great blow-down of 1950 that devastated parts of the Adirondack back country. This morning, we'll hear the memories of two people who knew him well: Grace Hudowalski, a founding member of the Adirondack 46ers Club, and environmental activist Clarence Petty. We'll also hear archival recordings of Rondeau describing his life on Cold River. Clarence Petty still spends summers at his boyhood home near the Cold River country. Grace Hudowalski passed away in 2004 at the age of 98. Noah John Rondeau died on August 24, 1967. He was eighty-four years old. The recording of Rondeau's voice was provided courtesy of the Adirondack Museum.  Go to full article

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