With the arrival of the new book by the late Bill Frenette, I remember the story of an Adirondack Town, Brandon. It was a thriving town of backwoods families (lumbering was the mainstay) until the Rockefeller family took an interest. The people of Brandon were no match.
Here is the orginal story from the archives of the NY Times.
There some more information at this location, which is very sympathetic to the rockefeller owners as custodians of a private park.
And then there is the story of Derrick, NY which is also connected to the Rockefellers.