The Williams Lake Project has a deep respect for the Williams Family’s legacy of community outreach, land stewardship and economic support for Rosendale, NY. Williams Lake Hotel was operated for 80 years by the Williams family, who modeled what is now called ‘socially responsible business’.
The former Williams Lake Hotel continually gave back to the Rosendale community. Since the 1930s, the resort has hosted geologists and scientists from all over the world who have come to study the unique geology and ecology of the site’s stunning landscape. In the 1960s, the Williams resort participated in the Nordic Ski Club which organized ski jumping competitions on Mount Joppenburgh (and at the resort). These events drew huge crowds to Rosendale. In 1999, the town needed a landfill and Anita Williams Peck donated the property to the town. Also in 1999, Anita had the foresight to protect and preserve 411 acres of the 700+ acres of her family’s property by placing it into a forever wild conservancy. This conservancy is now managed by the Rondout-Esopus Land conservancy.
The Williams Lake Project is continuing the traditions of the Williams Family by making the property available to academic institutions and state agencies to continue important ecological and geological research and education. The Project continues to host recreational and fundraising events on a regular basis and will continue to do so long into the future after the Williams Lake Resort is built. Future commitments include sustainable infrastructure (geo-thermal energy, green roofs, etc), adding land to the conservation easement, and increased public access to the site. Perhaps the most significant is the Project’s commitment to open the 1 ½ mile of historic rail trail that runs through the center of the proposed resort and that for the first time in history will reconnect the Trail from South of the Town of Gardiner all the way to the City of Kingston.
The Williams Lake Project is grateful to the Williams Family for their past stewardship of the former hotel and resort property and acknowledge the high bar the family has set as a good neighbor and as a beloved business in this community. We look to the future with the confidence that we will honor this legacy and create new, lasting memories for the Rosendale community.