HERITAGE & CULTURE Historic Markers


Home of Robert W. Chambers

This marker is placed at 2 North Street, Broadalbin, on the far end of the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

The Robert William Chambers home at one time comprised an 800 acre wooded estate, which stretched from North Main St. all the way to lands now covered by the Great Sacandaga Lake. Chambers was a very successful author whose works were published from 1894-1938. He is noted for writing over 100 novels. His earliest works were of the horror/sci-fi genre, and his most well-known, The King in Yellow (1895), was featured in season one of the HBO original series True Detective. This resulted in a revived popularity of that particular title. In his later years, Chambers focused on historical fiction, using Fulton County history as his backdrop. One of his novels, Cardigan, was made into a film in 1922. He also wrote poetry and children’s books. Chambers was an illustrator and amateur entomologist. He died in 1933 and the estate was purchased by the Albany Catholic Diocese in 1955.