Richard Frost

Rich Frost grew up in Glens Falls, New York.  He graduated from Wesleyan University and Duke University College of Medicine.  After completing a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky, he returned north to practice in Plattsburgh, New York.

In addition to his medical practice, he has written the travel column “A Day Away,” first for The Chronicle in Glens Falls, and, from 1988 through 2014, for the Sunday Press-Republican in Plattsburgh.  He currently writes the column “Rich in History” twice monthly for the Lake Champlain Weekly. 

His writing efforts have also included publication of five books, including One Foot Forward: Walks in Upstate New York (2008), and Hotel Champlain to Clinton Community College: A Chronicle of Bluff Point (2011).  His most recent book is More Days Away (2015).  His first play was the musical Battling in Plattsburgh, based on a crucial confrontation near the end of the War of 1812; it was presented in conjunction with that event’s bicentennial in September 2014. 

He has spoken at a range of venues on various topics, including regional travel and history, and the heritage of nineteenth century Adirondack guides.

He lives in Schuyler Falls with his wife Marty and their new yellow Labrador retriever Zoey.

The Works of Richard Frost

Travel writing

A Day Away– biweekly travel column for Sunday edition of the Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, New York (1988- 2013) (Similar column previously written for The Chronicle, Glens Falls, New York 1981-1984)

“Farther Afield” – a second monthly travel column for Plattsburgh Press Republican (1999-2008)

Northern Exploring–quarterly travel and activity magazine, Plattsburgh, New York (2014-present)


Other newspaper columns

“Rich in History” – twice-monthly column for Lake Champlain Weekly (2013-present)

“Read in the Blue Line”– book review column, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Saranac Lake, NY (2012-present)



A Day Away, 1999

Plattsburgh, A City’s First Century, 2002

One Foot Forward: Walks in Upstate New York, 2008

Hotel Champlain to Clinton Community College: A Chronicle of Bluff Point, 2011

“Adirondack Low Peaks,” in Adirondack Reflections (ed. Neal Burdick), 2013

More Days Away, 2014


Battling in Plattsburgh, 2014


Freelance articles

Oriole Gazette, Baltimore, Maryland

Adirondac, monthly publication of Adirondack Mountain Club

Adirondack Family, Glens Falls, New York

The Chronicle, Glens Falls, New York

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Saranac Lake, New York

Northern HGL (Home Gardens Leisure), Plattsburgh, New York

Northern Forester



Multiple venues, including Adirondack Discovery Program, Adirondack Mountain Club, Clinton County Senior Enrichment Programs, Library programs, Clinton Community College, Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Program, Rotary Clubs,

Adirondack Heritage Celebration, Clinton County Historical Association, Warren

County Historical Society

Regional travel topics

Regional history

Adirondack guide history and lore