About Us

Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, NY 12474, is a registered National
Historic Landmark. From 1910 to 1921, it was the summer home of John Burroughs, America’s most prominent and adored naturalist-essayist. The Lodge was built in the early 1860s by Burroughs’ older brother Curtis on Burroughs homestead land where the naturalist was born and raised. The rustic farmhouse has been in the Burroughs family since its construction, except for the years 1922-1947 when Burroughs’ close friends, Henry and Clara Ford, owned it. John Burroughs wrote several essays during summer sojourns at Woodchuck Lodge in the last years of his life, and there he also entertained luminaries such as Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford.

After Henry Ford’s death, the Ford family sold Woodchuck Lodge back to the Burroughs family. In the 1970s, John E. Lutz, great-grand nephew of John Burroughs, purchased the place from E. Wilson Burroughs. John and his wife Una soon after founded Woodchuck Lodge, Inc with the mission of promoting Burroughs’s legacy, donating the property to it in 1973. John served as president of the organization until 2000–developing educational programs, raising funding, and overseeing historic preservation work on the house–when he passed on leadership to the present generation.

Woodchuck Lodge Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the historic Lodge and to promoting the ideas and legacy of John Burroughs through events and activities that encourage people to live, work and prosper in harmony with nature. The Board of Trustees is made up of historians, writers, educators, business people, and communications and legal professionals committed to sharing appreciation and respect for John Burroughs’ life and work.

2016-2017 Board of Trustees

  • Dr. Bill Birns, President
  • Karen Underwood, Vice President
  • Jenny Urbanski, Secretary
  • Erik Johansen, Treasurer
  • Joe Farleigh
  • Dr. Julianne Warren
  • Dr. Daniel Payne
  • Patricia Rudge
  • Jean Druffner

Pressing apples the old fashioned way

Inspiration on the porch

Geologist Bob Titus and friends at Ford’s Rock