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Westport is a small town of 1350 people in Essex County in New York's Adirondacks region.

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Adirondack chair

Tiny Westport is cottage country and the birthplace of the Adirondack chair, originally a "Westport plank chair" designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 and patented by carpenter Harry Bunnell in 1905.

The original chair is simple in design. One plank of hemlock, pine or cedar is cut into eleven pieces and assembled as a distinctive wooden outdoor chair which tilts slightly back. Popular among cottagers, the patents for the chairs have long expired and woodworkers in many faraway places (including a few Amish communities) have readily adopted the basic designs.

While there have been endless knockoffs, ranging from Ontario's "Muskoka furniture" of similar construction to the mass-market composite, resin or recycled plastic imitations of the wooden original which turn up at hardware and lumber dealers nationwide, some of the original wooden chairs are still made in the Adirondacks region and shipped far and wide.

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Westport is accessible by car or boat, as it is located on Lake Champlain.

Amtrak stops at the Depot Theatre, the historic 1876 rail station in the village; an Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach bus runs from the station to Lake Placid.

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Essex County fairgrounds, Westport
  •   Depot TheatreHighway 9N and Ledge Hill Road +1 518 962-4449. Live theatre at Westport's 1876 Delaware and Hudson rail station. (Amtrak's Adirondack still stops here.)

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