Created By: The History Center in Tompkins County
In 1917 the Whartons produced The Great White Trail, which they shot at the beautiful Upper Entrance of Robert Treman State Park.
F.W. "Dick" Stewart, an Ithaca stockbroker, played the villain in this drama set in the Goldrush. Apparently Mr. Stewart was so taken with acting that he abandoned his stockbrokering business and devoted himself fulltime to acting and directing films. The winter of 1917 did not produce the amounts of snow needed for the film's scenes, so the film company had to move its production to the Adirondacks in pursuit of proper winter weather.
Wharton Studio Museum showed The Great White Trail on a big screen with live music in 2011 right at the Upper Entrance to the park, and in 2017 for its 7th Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars, Wharton Studio Museum will be showing The Great White Trail again, celebrating the films 100th Anniversary! For more information about this outdoor summer screening, visit Wharton Studio Museum.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Wharton Studio Silent Film Tour