Paul Smith's College is named for a man whose famous resort on Lower St. Regis
Lake was synonymous with Adirondack hospitality. Many rich and famous people
of the late 19th and early 20th centuries gathered to enjoy the mountain wilderness
and the comfortable accommodations provided by Apollos A. (Paul) Smith and his
Paul was born in Milton, Vermont in 1825. He soon ventured to the Adirondack
Mountains of Upstate New York and saw endless opportunities awaiting him. In
1858, Paul bought 50 acres of land on Lower St. Regis Lake to establish Paul Smith's
Hotel--the very same site the college is located on.
The bulk of Paul's estate was bequeathed for the establishment of a college in the
name of Paul Smith. The purpose of the college was to provide an opportunity for
young men and women to gain practical experience in a chosen field while
obtaining the academic background necessary for a well-rounded education. This
purpose remains the same today as when the first class matriculated in 1946 on the
site of the original Smith resort.
The photographs on the following page give a glimpse of where we came from and what we are.