"Shore View, Camp Winnecook," Unity, ca. 1910

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Established in 1903, this 25-acre boys' camp on Unity Pond’s eastern shore purported to develop “worthy character” in the boys as well as making them “sound and vigorous of body and mind,”

Herbert L. Rand directed Camp Winnecook for Boys. He was a Unity native and principal of the Training School, State Normal School of Salem, Massachusetts, which trained teachers. Rand ran the camp each summer until 1935, when his son succeeded him for a couple of years.

Over six weeks, counselors instructed the city-dwelling ten- to sixteen-year-old boys in swimming, life-saving, tennis, archery, horseback riding, woodcraft and nature. The session culminated in a so-called “Indian pow-wow” with bareback riders, “war paint,” fire dances, drumming and other inaccurate, stereotypical, and appropriative activities.

In the mid-1940s, Mrs. Russell Franz bought the camp and opened it to girls. Shen ran the facility for four years and sold it to a private party in 1950.

Lake Winnecook/Unity Pond is four miles long and about two miles wide and provides recreation and spectacular views for residents in Unity, Burnham and Troy. In 2010 there was an active Friends association. Unity College students use the lake for research and recreation.

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  • Title: "Shore View, Camp Winnecook," Unity, ca. 1910
  • Creator: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Location: Unity, Waldo County, ME
  • Media: Glass Plate Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.112695
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co.
  • Object Type: Image

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