PARISH – Author and historian Roy Reehil will present a program about the life of the legendary Adirondack hermit, Louie “French Louie” Seymour, at 7 p.m. April 8 at the Parish Town Hall, 2938 E. Main St.
The program is hosted by the Parish Historical Society and is free and open to the public.
French Louie lived in the remote central Adirondacks for more than 40 years, guiding, hunting and trapping a large area between Nobleboro, the Moose River Plains, and Newton Corners, now known as Speculator.
His intriguing life as a canal boat driver, lumberjack, trapper and guide is recounted in Harvey Dunham’s classic 1952 biography “Adirondack French Louie.”
Reehil will present a slide show featuring dozens of vintage photographs depicting French Louie’s life, and several Adirondack artifacts, some directly from French Louie’s cabin.
“French Louie passed away 100 years ago in Speculator, in my great-grandfather’s hotel,” said historical society vice president Janet Clerkin. “Roy has prepared a fascinating program about Louie’s life and character. Anyone who has an interest in the Adirondacks and its history will enjoy this presentation.”
An avid backcountry explorer and amateur historian, Reehil started his own publishing company, The Forager Press, LLC, in 2003.
With co-author William J. O’Hern, the two have published several highly-acclaimed books of Adirondack and regional history.
Titles include “Adirondack Adventures: Bob Gillespie and Harvey Dunham on French Louie’s Trail,” “Noah John Rondeau’s Adirondack Wilderness Days,” “Life in a North Woods Lumber Camp,” and “Adirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns.”
Copies will be available for purchase April 8.
A resident of Cleveland, Reehil is an Oswego County Legislator representing District 5, town of Constantia, and is president of the Central Adirondack Search and Rescue Team.
For more information, contact historical society president Evelyn Stelmashuck at 625-7262 or Clerkin at 625-7293.