Sometime after the turn of the last century, Charlie Stone built a resort on the west shore of Meddybemps Lake. It catered to “sports” from away who were attracted to the lake’s good fishing and hunting. Camp Meddybemps consisted of a large central lodge and several small guest cabins. The lodge had a dining room, office area, sitting room, large central fireplace made of local stones, and a large veranda with sweeping views. Local residents were employed as guides, most being paid to row their clients around the lake while they fished, for about a dollar a day. Outboard motors, affectionately known as “kickers,” were rare at the time and were noisy, smelly and temperamental, so rowing was the method of choice for almost all sporting traffic.
Although the facilities were rustic, in the 1920s the lodge had a telephone and electricity, visible in the wiring and bulbs in the photo. Lewis Campbell installed the telephone, running a wire from the village along the shore and underwater over a mile to the camp.
The lodge burned in the 1930s, and only some of the stone piers and remnants of the fireplace remain, covered in brush and weeds. Two or three of the cabins are used today by the owners as rustic summer camps.
Caption written by Jeff Orchard