Dining Hall, Sunset Lodge and Camps, Jefferson, ca. 1930

Description

Sunset Lodge was a favorite destination for lawyers, doctors and other vacationers from New York, Pennsylvania and other states.

In 1928 Chandler and Helen Stetson purchased the lodge and six cottages from J. Edwin Morrissette. They gradually expanded the business to include an enlarged lodge and 24 rustic hemlock slab-sided cabins facing Damariscotta Lake. The extensive waterfront had a sandy swimming area and fleet of traditional green canvas-covered fishing boats and canoes for guests. Many local people worked as cooks, guides, waitresses, and housekeeping staff.

Each year, Chan went to the Boston and New York Sportsman’s Shows to promote the business, taking a miniature diorama he'd made of the resort. His wife sewed new bedspreads and curtains for several cabins each year. Guests returned year after year for the good fishing, relaxed atmosphere, homemade meals, and reunions with friends. Weekly meal specials often included a lobster bake or a steak cookout. Telling “yarns” in front of the fireplace, sing-a-longs and home movies were frequent evening activities.

Chan died in 1961, and his son Robert and his wife Aileen continued the business until Bob's death in 1974.


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