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Downtown Malone

Malone, founded in 1802 in Northern New York by Richard Harrison, is named for Irish Shakespearean scholar Edmund Malone. Located just outside the Adirondack Park, its streets are lined with fine Victorian architecture.


Malone lies outside the "Blue Line" which legally defines Adirondack Park, in a location which geographically represents a transition from the mountainous Adirondack region to the relatively flat St. Lawrence Valley. If you head south from Malone, you'll arrive in ski country or parkland relatively quickly.

Malone's celebrated residents included William Wheeler, Vice President of the United States from 1877 to 1881 under President Rutherford B. Hayes; and Orville Gibson, the world-famous guitar and mandolin designer.


Laura Ingalls Wilder is famous for writing of the Ingalls family and their life on the frontier, in the Little House on the Prairie books. But she also wrote about her husband's childhood growing up on a farm near Malone. 9-year-old Almanzo Wilder is the main character of her book Farmer Boy, and it provides a fairly accurate look at life in northern New York in the 1860s.

Get in[edit]

There is no intercity bus to Malone, although service exists in Massena and Plattsburgh (each approx. 40 miles distant).

By car[edit]

Malone is located on Highway 11, 1 hour west of Interstate 87. Coming from Lake Placid and the Adirondacks, follow Highway 30 north to 11.

Get around[edit]


  • A total solar eclipse on Monday 8 April 2024 starts at 3:25PM local time and lasts 2 min. The chances of a clear sky are 35%. The track of totality is northeast from Mexico and Texas to Ohio then straddling the Canada–New England border.
  • House of History museum (Franklin County Historical and Museum Society), 51 Milwaukee St., +1 518 483-2750. Tu Th 1-4PM weather permitting.
  • Almanzo Wilder Homestead, 177 Stacy Road, +1 518 483-1207, toll-free: +1-866-438-3276. M-Sa 11AM-4PM, Su 1-4PM, last tour 3PM. The boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder in Laura Ingalls Wilder's book Farmer Boy. Open from May 25, guided tour 60-90 minutes, store and museum on-site. $7.50/person.



  • Franklin County Fair, 606 East Main St., +1 518 483-0720, fax: +1 518 481-6219. second week in August. Rides, midway, agricultural exhibits, livestock, harness racing and live entertainers.


There is also a Walmart (3222 Route 11).


  • Nancy's Village Diner, 364 W Main St, +1 518 483-8868. Home/country cooking. Daily lunch & dinner specials. Homemade breads, pie, and johnneycake. Limited veggie options. Cash only.
  • Spotted Willy's Pub & Grille, 3853 Route 11, +1 518 483-7969.
  • Blue Mountain Grill, 28 State Route 30, +1 518 352-1960.
  • Jug Store, 39-1/2 Rockland St, +1 518 483-0894.
  • Gordie's Gazebo Steak & Seafood Restaurant, 5199 Rte 37, +1 518 483-0047.
  • Seven's Grill, 26 Pearl St, +1 518 483-9851. Malone,



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Routes through Malone
Saint-Jean-sur-RichelieuChamplain   N  S  PotsdamWatertown
MontrealHuntingdon ← becomes   N  S  → Jct ETupper LakeJct W E
WatertownMassena  W  E  END

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