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Hamilton Ferry, Sr.

Seveys Corners, St. Lawrence County
Adirondack Storyteller
(1904-1994)


Ham Ferry lives where his ancestors settled in 1852 and it is in this place that hes earned the reputation of being an authentic Adirondacker and a consummate storyteller. Ham's Inn, a small bar located at Sevey's Corners near Childwold, was his natural setting and the spot where he held listeners rapt for hours on end. Much of the material for Ham Ferry's stories has come from his life as a woodsman, lumberman, and a wilderness guide. He never hesitates to elaborate on reality, having mastered traditional tall tales and invented many of his own. In the tradition of community entertainers of the last century, he also recites from memory long narrative poems by such poets as Robert Service and James Whitcomb Riley. While known best to the local or visiting hunters, fishermen, or campers, Ham has been featured in a variety of publications, festivals, and television and radio productions.


Click here to listen to the TAUNY/NCPR "Meet the Masters" story about Ham.



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