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Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

The Trask Mansion on the grounds of Yaddo, Saratoga's famed artists' colony. (Kyle Adams)
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Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

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(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

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(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

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(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

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(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-6_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-7_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-9_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-10_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-8_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-11_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-12_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-13_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-16_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-20_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-17_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-15_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

Yaddo-18_Web

(Kyle Adams)

Yaddo, Without Words: An Exclusive Look Inside Saratoga’s Iconic (And Still Mysterious) Artists’ Colony

The powers-that-be at Yaddo gave 'saratoga living' photographer Kyle Adams rare, behind-the-scenes access to the famed colony's grounds.

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(Kyle Adams)

When I was a kid growing up in Saratoga Springs, I didn’t know much about what went on beyond the public gardens at Yaddo. And I still don’t—though saratoga living Senior Writer Jeff Dingler’s interview with Yaddo’s President Elaina Richardson, and Photographer Kyle Adams’ exclusive, behind-the-scenes gallery of images taken inside the Trask Mansion and on Yaddo’s off-limits grounds help fill in the blanks quite a bit.

The famed Saratoga artists’ retreat has welcomed a panoply of top artistic talent on its grounds throughout the decades, everyone from Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Aaron Copland to Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow. And now, you get to see where they made their art—and history—happen.

To take a rare tour inside Yaddo’s mansion and on its grounds, click on the above photo.

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Will Levith

Will Levith is the Director of Content for saratogaliving.com and the Executive Editor for saratoga living magazine. He's a native Saratogian and graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. His work has been published by Esquire, Playboy, Condé Nast Traveler, Men's Health, RealClearLife and many others.

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