A quaint little village situated at the northern shore of Lake Pleasant. It is the only incorporated village in Hamilton County, New York. The village is the permanent home to around 400 residents. As a destination of toursim all year round the village's business are largely in the toursim and hospitality industries. The toursim focuses on outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and more. Speculator is located at the intersection between NYS Route 30 and NYS Route 8.
GovernmentThe village is part of the town Lake Pleasant and has only limited government responsibilities. The village is run by a board of trustees with five members, chaired by mayer Gates. There are five departments operating the services of the village.
- Public Works: Responsible to maintain streets, sidewalks, cemeteries, parks, playgrounds, walking paths and cross-country ski trails, and the organization of collecting trash and recycling.
- Water and Wastewater Department: Strives to maintain the best quality water and wastewater service while continuing to preserve the Adirondack park.
- Village Hall: Responsible for the administrative tasks of the village.
- Zoneing & Fire Prevention and Building Code Enforcement: The zoning office is responsible to check and approve or reject applications for building permits and change of use. The FPBCE is responsible to monitor and enforce the New York State Unform Fire Prevention and Building Code regulations.
- Emergency Services: Includes the Speculator Volunteer Fire Department and the Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corporation. The village is under the juristiction of the Hamilton County Sheriff Department for policing.
Supernatural PresenceThe village is home to four families of the West Canada Nation. A shop in town sells the Twilight Wine the Cedar Winery is famous for.
HistoryIn the past the area of the village served as the seasonal hunting grounds for the Mohawk and Algonquin peoples living further south. These hunting grounds were the home of a Jogah community. They were largely displaced by the arrival of european settlers during the 18th century. In the 19th century the village grew a lot due the construction of many sawmills and the establishment of a logging industry in the area. This industry mostly disappeard later on. At the turn of the 20th century a pack of Dacian werewolves moved into the area and claimed the territory for themselves. Villagers would often marry into the pack. In return the wolves kept roaming vampires away and killed a local necromancer conducting experiments on the villagers.