Mountain Manor Resort

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Jack Wood

Wooster, OH

#1 Aug 12, 2010
After reading through the thread on Mountain Lake House, I thought I'd see if I could get any bites on a similar discussion of the old days at Mountain Manor.

I spent two very memorable summers there as a boy; 1954 and 1955. My family was from New Hyde Park, New York. The hundred mile drive to "the country", back in those pre-interstate days, took close to three hours, considering that we had to first get through New York City traffic. Six of us went: my parents, my very little brother, and my grandfather and an aunt.

The days up there were filled with continual fun: swimming, golf on the red par 3 course, tennis, shuffleboard, ping pong, hiking along the creek, etc. Sunday night were movie nights, outside if the weather permitted. I remember playing a horse racing game in the basement, scavenger hunts, hot dog roasts, and picnics. And, softball games against Mountain Lake House, in which my dad was the catcher. Our pitcher was a counselor named Blaine.

The Scott family owned and ran the house, and on occasion I played with the kids, Russell, Craig, and Grant (Granny).

Anybody else remember those days at Mountain Manor back in the fifties?

Jack
donna

Oakhurst, NJ

#2 Oct 21, 2010
I remember mountain manor but I remember it from the l970's ! I don't think it changed all that much. We did go back in 93 and stayed there in the winter to go skiing.
artzfello

Merrick, NY

#3 Feb 25, 2011
i drove up to m.m. last year to take some pics. It's all closed now except for the golf . I'm going back again soon before the old gym ,pool, etc. are torn down. I dont think my life sucked all that much, but i have a hard time finding better memories than the ones from those days. i remember ice cream cones in the tv room of the main house, the talent show, the smell of the gym, the toxic chlorine level in the pool, bocce on the main lawn, and of course the classic concrete pool. boy do i wish i could go back....
Ken

Stroudsburg, PA

#4 Jul 18, 2012
artzfello wrote:
i drove up to m.m. last year to take some pics. It's all closed now except for the golf . I'm going back again soon before the old gym ,pool, etc. are torn down. I dont think my life sucked all that much, but i have a hard time finding better memories than the ones from those days. i remember ice cream cones in the tv room of the main house, the talent show, the smell of the gym, the toxic chlorine level in the pool, bocce on the main lawn, and of course the classic concrete pool. boy do i wish i could go back....
The place is now a ghost town. Purchased by a developer to make a small community. This will never happen and the place will implode. What a waste. I spent years on the golf courses there in 60s, 70s and 80s.
Dan M Hampton Bays NY

Hampton Bays, NY

#5 Aug 15, 2012
Stayed at Mountain Manor in the 70's. Loved the TV room, ringing the dinner bell, feeding the ducks, softball game and bonfire, talent night and yes, the clorine at the indoor pool on rainy days. Went back last year and was heartbroken. Atleast we have the memories.
Craig Kuckens

Louisville, KY

#6 Dec 19, 2012
What a great family place for so many. Many learned to play golf on the Red or White Course. Walking down to the MC General Store.Great food three times a day in the dining room. Marshalls Falls, the creek, juke box in the gym. Great times in the 60's through the 90's. Now just a memory but we have slides!
MeanDonnaJean

Mount Vernon, NY

#7 May 21, 2013
From the time I was 2 until I was in my mid-teens (I'm now 56) my family spent damn near every Easter vacation at Mountain Manor with another Stamford, CT couple and their daughter...and I've gotta bunch of pics as proof. The 2 men (my Dad & his friend) were golf fanatics and the ladies (my Mom & the other wifey) were stay-at-home-Moms (as most were back in those days....as in "Leave it to Beaver"). I loved everything about the place, but especially the talent shows, the pop cooler on the front porch of the "main house"....and the pool of course (even tho we always had one at home). Later on in life I even returned in an attempt to purchase some property "up the road apiece" at Monroe Lake where my folks had originally bought their lots back in the 50's. Damn I really miss that place.
Paul

Norwalk, CT

#8 Sep 13, 2013
My family and I spent July 4th week there in the summers (approximately '67 -'72). Was great, lot's of the same families (CT, NY-Long Island, NJ) were there year after year.

My family and my Mom's two sister's families all went together. Dad's played golf in the am, we hung at the pool (and whatever activities were planned). Afternoons on the Red course, great family dinners and after dinner (bocce, "horse races", bingo, Pop Scott Finals - which Uncle Dan was in twice!!!). Much simpler times.

My sister and I dragged our families there for years on Columbus Day Weekend(approx.'88 -'92) the newbies (spouses & kids) went along, but they mostly missed Suzanne, Mom, Dad, and my love for the place.

Sad it is gone. Dad and I have been back for golf a couple of times. Really good memories!
Kevin

Natick, MA

#9 Jan 31, 2014
I spent at least 2 weeks there every summer from 1963 to about 1980 or so, plus some holiday weekends here and there. Just the best possible place to be as a kid, back in the days when parents could let you run around all over a 500 acre property without having to think about whether you'd come back OK.

I have many of the same memories as everyone else, but I'll add a couple too. Ringing the bell for meals. Playing bocce on the front lawn. Walking through the creek to find golf balls. Feeding the ducks burnt toast after breakfast. Red cream soda! Walking over to Mountain Lake House to play their pinball machines and ride on their boats.

Several years ago the Scotts sold the property and the new owners closed everything but the blue, yellow, and orange courses. In 2011, a combination of weather events culminating in Hurricane Irene forced the golf courses to close too. Sad that there's nothing left but memories and a few home movies...
kathy

Patchogue, NY

#10 Jan 31, 2014
I worked there from 1982-1989...best time in my life. The Scotts were wonderful people to work for. Seems so sad they didn't keep it going & in the family...instead they sold. I think of it there so often..& would love a reunion!!
John

Lancaster, PA

#11 Feb 8, 2014
All the kids in my family worked at Mountain Manor from the mid 70's to the early 80's. It was a great time and a great business education for me. The Scott family were great to work for and helped me get through school. I still use lessons learned there in my professional life today.

We still vacation in the area and while it is sad to see the property unused I am sure someone will find a way to keep it open and beautiful. It appears some of the motel units have been converted to housing, perhaps more of that is in order. I always thought those creekside duplex units would make nice apartments. I think I recall that the township was gong to make the land where Marshalls Falls sits into a recreation area, perhaps that could be expanded. The existing cart path system could be converted to walking paths, and you could build from there.

No doubt there are some buildings that will need to come down, but the main house is a landmark and should be preserved. And who knows, maybe somebody might want to make it resort again, which would be cause for celebration.

Any way, Mountain Manor's past still has great memories for a lot of people, I hope it's future is as bright.
Grace K

Parsippany, NJ

#12 Feb 22, 2014
kathy wrote:
I worked there from 1982-1989...best time in my life. The Scotts were wonderful people to work for. Seems so sad they didn't keep it going & in the family...instead they sold. I think of it there so often..& would love a reunion!!
Kathy I worked there also and my Mom and Dad lived on the golf course. We started as guests coming up from Brooklyn for vaca wound up living there and working threre. Today I went to Mrs. Scott's memorial service very sad but wonderful memories of old friends.
John

Lancaster, PA

#13 Feb 22, 2014
Grace K wrote:
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Kathy I worked there also and my Mom and Dad lived on the golf course. We started as guests coming up from Brooklyn for vaca wound up living there and working threre. Today I went to Mrs. Scott's memorial service very sad but wonderful memories of old friends.
So sorry to hear of Mrs. Scott's passing, a remarkable woman and family. We were contemporaries at MM, I hope you and your family are well.

Cheers,

John
GregR Tinton Falls

New York, NY

#15 Mar 14, 2014
Best memories between the ages of 6 thru 16.
My mom , dad , and i would go every summer for 2 weeks. I would look forward to it all year because there were other families that would go at the same time. Golf , softball , bonfire , walking I'n the stream for golf balls , talent show, bingo. Etc.. My dad passed away when i was 15 and it just wasn't the same after that.Mom passed 4 years later and hadn't been back until i was 30. I walked into the golf shop and saw Bill Lee the pro. We looked at each other and after all those years he recognized me. As others have said it was the kind of place that you could let your children roam all over an never have to worry. The Scott family made us feel like their family. Rainy days spent roaming thru the main house and the old stairs that went from the bottom floor to the second , indoor pool , gym.
If you were a child that grew up with summers there the memories are precious. Thanks Mom and Dad!!
John R

Phoenixville, PA

#16 Mar 16, 2014
My mother worked there in the 40ís but she referred to it as David Dukeís, which I believe was the owner back in those days. She always talked about her summer job there, staying in the workers cabins at the foot of the hill. We took her back there about 8 years ago before she passed away and stayed over night for Easter and much was the same, according to her. I believe we even have some old photos of the pool and such from that era.
Jim S

Flushing, NY

#17 Apr 17, 2014
My family went there from 1972 until it closed. At times we had upwards of 70 people (aunts, uncles, cousins, the spouses and kids) in July. They were done in by the arcade they built and should have stuck with their core business--golf. Fantastic memories as we all grew up going there. Prices were fantastic, $1000 a week for two including golf and 3 carts for the week. Since several of my aunts did not golf, no one paid for a cart all week. One year I was a late addition and they were sold out. I slept with the summer help. I remember all the golf courses in detail and it is a shame the golf had to close. The big joke was the shop in the lobby was never opened and we thought the candy in there was from the 50's. If I ever win the powerball lottery, I'll buy it to open the golf courses.
John

Lancaster, PA

#18 Apr 21, 2014
Anybody see the "Bill Lee is back!" billboard on 209 S near Regina Farms?

Too funny.
Tim A from Johnstown Pa

Richmond, VA

#19 May 4, 2014
I am so sad to hear of Mountain Manor's closing. I was a college great friend of Grant Scott, and the family hired me in '75 to be social director for the year. It was the best summer of my life. My memories are only great of that summer, and the wonderful Scott family. They treated me like their own family. Great memories though.
Cindy Danbury Ct

Rocky Hill, CT

#20 May 25, 2014
I spent every 4th of July week there in late 50's and early 60's. When I watch dirty dancing it reminds me so much of Mountain Manor. The Scott family were the greatest people. I was hoping that my granddaughter could experience this since my son and daughter-in- law are golfers. I am so sadden to read that the Scott boys did not keep this going. But, times have changed and there must have been a reason for the sale. Russ jr. Is almost 70 now it would be up to the 4th generation to keep it going. Kids now head to Europe...would they really want a week away from their iPhones and iPads. We played hard, never really thought about TV which many of us had to share in the lodge in front of the front office. We ate their wonderful homemade lunches and dinners...there was no low fat, lactose free diets, just good old fashion food. Unfortunately times have changed and the Scott's probably could not compete or did not want to keep up.
Izzy

Charlotte, NC

#21 May 28, 2014
I am not sure if this is the place i worked at in the mid 70s one summer season. There was a golf course and i cleaned cabins and end of season waitressed. There was a creek completely hidden by trees that most golfers did not know was there. Perhaps hikers I met along the creek were from mountain manor possibly at another side of the golf course. Can anyone help me out with this?

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