ALBANY (AP) — New York state is awarding $443,000 in grants to eight communities in the Adirondacks to help them preserve their history, appeal to tourists and expand their recreational opportunities.

The money will pay for a new exhibition at the Adirondack Museum, new recreational trails in the towns of Willsboro, North Elba and Lewis, repairs to a historic 19th century church in the town of Duane, and help for local businesses in Tupper Lake who want to upgrade their websites.

Other communities will use the money to build recreational trails.

Some of the money will also go to restore the Adsit Cabin, considered to be the oldest known log cabin in the U.S.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced the grants on Wednesday.

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