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Annual Island Service

Since 1880

First Sunday of August

3:00 pm

Path from Dock to Church

You are invited –

The Rev. Kenneth R. Hitch, presiding


2:00 pm – FREE transport from Raquette Lake Village dock

Courtesy of Burke’s Marina


3:00 pm – Vespers Service followed by a Hot Dog Roast!

Donations Appreciated!

The island church, designed by the firm of esteemed architect Josiah Cleveland Cady, was the summer chapel for many families significant in the history of the United States during the second half of the 19th century.

These included Dr. Thomas Durant and Collis P. Huntington of transcontinental railroad fame, William West Durant (warden), John Boyd Thacher future mayor of Albany (treasurer), former Governor Phineas Lounsbury of Connecticut, Francis Stott, J. Harvey Ladew, Lucy Carnegie (widow of Andrew’s brother Thomas) and many others.

By the end of the 19th century Raquette Lake had become “the place” to build one’s summer home. Four of these rustic structures, designed by William West Durant and later sold to C.P. Huntington, J.P. Morgan, Alfred Vanderbilt and New York State Lieutenant Governor Timothy Woodruff, are now known as Adirondack Great Camps.

Those were the days of great prominence for Raquette Lake, and soon St. Hubert’s Isle with its picturesque chapel became the center of much social life on the lake.

An annual vespers service is still held the first Sunday of August at 3:00 pm, with free transport from the village at 2 pm. ALL ARE WELCOME – WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE !


Church of the Good Shepherd
9505 Lake Access
St. Hubert’s Isle
Raquette Lake, NY  13436
(315) 354-4267

Durant Days

Durant Days takes place the weekend of the annual service – Friday, Saturday, Sunday. For more information on Durant Days, click here!

Participating Durant Days Organizations:

• Raquette Lake Navigation Company
• Sagamore Great Camp
• Pine Knot Great Camp
• St. William’s on Long Point
• Church of the Good Shepherd
• Adirondack Museum
• Town of Long Lake Department of Parks
• Recreation & Tourism
• Central Adirondacks Association
• Local businesses and individuals

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