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I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to write about my favorite place to be. I started this site really in 1998 or 1999. I'm writing this in 2005. Well, there you have it.

I've been going to our camp in Vermont since I was born. So has my dad. My great grandfather was the manager of the handle factory (Batcheller and Sons Company) in Wallingford. This was sold to American Fork and Hoe in 1902 which became TrueTemper some time later. I've got a blueline of the platt of the property that was sold by American Fork and Hoe. Our property goes from the left side of the platt to the drives on the right.

I collect postcards of Elfin Lake and I've got a couple postcards that are "hand colored" drawings (probably from photographs) and a black and white photo postcard from about the same time, I'm guessing about 1910-1920 or so. I also have a color photo print postcard taken sometime in the '50s. Unfortunately, you can't see any of these views any more as it's all been grown up, blocking this view. There really aren't any other views like this of the lake.

You can't see our beach in any of these postcards since it's on the near side of the lake. Through the magic of Autostitch, I've made some spectacular panoramas including one of our beach (the blueline platt was also Autostitched). I decided to take my series of photos for the panorama in the afternoon to highlight the wonderful light on the mountains across from us. The most beautiful time of the year to see this is the fall with all the trees busting out in color. Of course you wont see the collection of beach paraphenalia, but many times you'll see multi-colored flotillas of leaves on the water.

Our camp consists of six cabins, although at one time it had seven. Three of them (the Tryon Lodge, the Middle Cottage and the Hill Cottage) were built in the 20s along with a boat house. The boat house was consolidated into the North Cottage. The South Cottage was built some time later. A couple more were built later, with one (the Brown Cottage) having collapsed long before I was born and another built inexplicably with a ceiling around six feet (the Red Cottage). I'm not sure how this happened since many people in our family are at least six feet tall. The Brown Cottage has never been replaced and the Red Cottage was replaced in the early eighties with a kit house put together by the family.

The Hill Cottage and the North Cottage have since been replaced by cottages with a floorplan designed by me. I may put up my original plans at some point. They were originally drawn in TurboCAD and have since been converted to QCad (dxf, drawing interchange format).