History

The property that Cedar Pond Campground now sits on, was once owned by the Twitchell family. That is an old local name in the North Country and we’re not sure which branch of the family actually owned the property.  However, the homestead did sit on the piece of land opposite the waterside of the campground approximately where sites # 32 and 31 are now.  No one seems to be able to tell us exactly what happened to the homestead, because there is no trace at all that it ever existed we think maybe a fire destroyed it.  The beach side of the property was at that time, privately owned by the Twitchell’s, however, they allowed the public to use it. The beach went from the water up to the road and people simply pulled off onto the edge of the sand to park and go swimming. There were changing rooms down on the beach and from what we’ve been told it was a pretty popular local spot. Apparently many a romance began at Cedar Pond! The pictures we’ve seen are circa 1940-but the pond is just as pretty today!

The present day office building was originally built to house the new bathrooms and upstairs was a snack bar, selling hot dogs and hamburgers and ice cream for the beach goers.  In the early 60’s the property was purchased by the Frechettes, and they started to build the campground. What we call the landing (the water side) is where the first sites were installed.  The sand and gravel was brought in by the truckload to fill part of the beach, then the wiring and plumbing was laid in and that is how it all began. Then some sites were added on the other side of the road and up the hill.  The Frechettes owned it about 5 years and have been back the last couple summers to see how it’s doing—they are very approving of our improvements!

The Silks purchased it in the very early 70’s and owned it for 30+ years.  During that time the state boat launch was put in and the fill from that project was put in the campground to create sites #23 & 25 and the parking area.  When the Silks owned it they had a little store in the office building called the Cedar Pond Superette, at one time they sold all the normal camping staples as well as beer, cigarettes, lottery tickets, penny candy and ice cream. Many of the pond residents who walk around the pond have fond memories of Mrs. Silk in the store as they walked around the pond each evening and got their treat of ice cream or candy. Mrs. Silk passed on the year before we purchased the campground, and Mr. Silk passed on during the summer of 2010, up until that time he spent his summers in the little blue and white cottage diagonally across from the office.

We too, fell in love with Cedar Pond and in 2001 we purchased a home on the pond, and enjoyed our summer getaways.  The campground was in disrepair by then as Mrs. Silk was ill and they were fast approaching their eighty’s, when we’d drive by it we always thought that it had such potential, it was small and the setting was beautiful. In 2003 the spring before our only son was due to go off and start college in Florida there was a for sale sign in front of the campground.  We investigated it and decided that it would be “a great little retirement business”.  We still saw the potential but a lot of work ahead of us as well, we needed a diversion- our son was about to leave the nest!  So in July of 2003 we purchased Cedar Pond Campground.  The very first thing we did was decide that we didn’t want to spend our summers inside running a little store so we remodeled the building and started over, putting in a ‘cottage’ to either rent or stay in ourselves. We had a few customers that year nothing too exciting and we were pretty embarrassed by the condition of the campground. We did a lot of general cleanup and silly things like figuring out what all those keys belonged to!  We were handed approximately 50 keys at the closing and nobody remembered what most of them went too! There were campers that were ‘rental units’ that needed to go to camper heaven so we had those removed and replaced the one on the beach with what is currently there.

The second year we finished the cottage and had more customers and some were starting to notice the changes. The third year we started to upgrade the electric—being that Jim is an electrician- poor power wasn’t an option!  Being ‘do-it-yourselfers’ and digging ditches wasn’t a good choice, we decided to purchase the tractor, what a back saver that was! We actually had a few busy weekends that year and that was both exciting and scary at the same time! At the end of 2006 it was time to start advertising the campground because we were no longer embarrassed by it and that is how www.cedarpondcamping.com was born! We also decided to get another rental unit – the 33’ camper- so……We had to upgrade the landing electric and water so that we could put the camper there overlooking the pond and mountains. That was done in early 2007 and was a big hit! The landing fast became one of our most popular areas because of the views and ease of parking. That year we had numerous requests for cabins so that was the next logical step. We have now purchased 2 brand new cabins for sites #6 and #8, they were put in place for the 2008 season. We still have a ways to go, a campground is always a work in progress so stay tuned for the next chapter and see what we do in the future to improve your stay with us!

Happy Camping,

Jim and Pam Feldhouse