George A Ober's Knotty Pine Cabins

George A Ober's Knotty Pine Cabins

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#1 Sep 11, 2006
Who else remembers the Knotty Pine Cabins? Operated since the 1950s,it was taken over by "Brusso's Cabins" when Ober retired (1980?) and moved to Florida with his wife.Brusso's was run on the cheap and quickly fell into disrepair (their 1975 green Cordoba was quite the clap trap calling card too).After being vacant for a number of years,Pemi Bank bought the property,hired on the Habitat for Humanity to clear the property of the buildings (one of which was a landmark filling station) and small cabins.The Habitat was given the small cabins to sell off in payment of dismantling the larger buildings.I have no idea where those 5 small cabins went....Any ideas?
The bank built on the Northern side of the property,leaving the paved roadways of the former Cabin operation intact.
Today,George Ober is dead,the buildings are long gone,and largely this summer destination to Ashland is forgotten by all.
I remember it.I remember the association Ober had with good friend Meldrim Thomson Jr.I remember his Datsun Lil Hustler pickup he used around the grounds,and I remember the large swimming pool that numerous tourists frolicked in as they spent their summer vacations in a quiet spot in Ashland...of all places.

Englewood, NJ

#2 Sep 25, 2007
I remember the Cabin's, stayed up there for a week in 1968. We played softball with Ober, what a great place that was.

Wolfeboro Falls, NH

#3 Oct 16, 2007
Remember it as owned by Bruso's, they were nasty pigs..

Wolfeboro Falls, NH

#4 Oct 16, 2007
Remember Brusso's well, nasty pigs.

Chepachet, RI

#5 Feb 15, 2008
My family vacationed there from the 1960's to 1976. We loved the place. George and Ruth were two of the nicest people you could ever meet. I remember how George would take movies of the guest and show them while you were on vacation. I wish I knew what ever happened to those old movies as my family and all of the regulars were on them. We would go and Sal and his family from NY would be in the largest cabin. An older couple used to have the cabin closet to the pool for the whole summer. At night we would all go to the rec room and play records, watch movies, play ping pong, play the old piano or the wash board. Ice cream runs to the gas station was a nightly treat. Later the ice cream was kept in the rec room. I can remember feeling really proud working the old cash register which was opened on an honors system. At night we would fall asleep listening to the clank of horseshoes hitting the post as the men would play.
I remember that George and Ruth had a son. I wonder where he is and if he knows anything about the old movies. Does anyone else have any memories of Ober's. I loved the place! It would be great to see old pictures of the place. If anyone has any my email is [email protected]


#6 May 26, 2008
How they fit in all the buildings and large pool on such a small footprint of land is beyond me.Today,you look at whats left of the trees and the paved pathways,you cannot imagine all the cabins,large buildings,and swimming pool,horseshoe area,cookout area.....its an amazing feat it all fit!


#7 May 26, 2008
Sharon,is your e-mail working? I have tried and get nothing in reply.


#8 Jul 1, 2008
Stacy,Rick,post your e-mail address,and I will contact you with Ober's Cabin's info.
Greg Tronky

Lafayette, CO

#9 Aug 21, 2008
I'd only vacation in plymouth, not trashland.
Trashland Sux

Denver, CO

#10 Aug 21, 2008
I agre with Greg in Ft. Collins. Trashland is the last place I would go if I were to go out there. Give me Holdyournose or Wentworth any day of the week over the Land of Trash
Tuna Truchea

Loveland, CO

#11 Aug 21, 2008
I was always more of a big lake kind of girl....
James Magic Johnson

Bradford-on-avon, UK

#12 Aug 22, 2008
I stayed at the cabin once in the early 70s. I was served a hotdog with a mothball in it.....last time I went there! Damn Ober!
Earl Erickson

Bradford-on-avon, UK

#13 Aug 22, 2008
I remember playing hopscotch with ober as a small child....such a gentle man.
Trashland Sux

Fort Collins, CO

#14 Aug 22, 2008
mothball??? Dude what the faaaaaaack!!
James Magic Johnson

Bradford-on-avon, UK

#15 Aug 22, 2008
I always found ober to be a real bastard!
Trashland Sux

Fort Collins, CO

#16 Aug 22, 2008
Its cool at least that there are people from places like Colorado, London, Rhode Island, and New York that have been to the cabin. I remember playing softball there when I was younger as well. Mr. Ober was always so friendly and kind to little children.
Erin Noel Burr

Colorado Springs, CO

#17 Aug 23, 2008
When I was a young child, George would pay me and my older brother Cody to clean out the outhouses outside the cabins at the end of each summer (not sure who maintained them the rest of the year). We were small enough to crawl down through the toilet seats, where George would pass down "the tamper", which we used to smooth out the pile. He'd then pass down "the piker", which we'd use to poke holes in it, which we'd finally fill with some kind bacteria that helped break down the stuff. I remember how tough it was to go back to School in September only to have all the kids hold their noses and laugh at us, calling us "turd monkeys." I admit the smell was pretty bad, and Cody and I struggled with some horrible dystenary infections for years to come, but it was all worth it when payday came and old George gave us each $5 and Ruth gave us each a dozen cookies to take home. I'll never forget how sweet those oatmeal raisin cookies tasted, and i'll never forget the horrible stench I can't help but associate with those disgusting cabins in that disgusting dump of a town.
Bryan Gonink

Broomfield, CO

#18 Aug 23, 2008
That sounds awful

Haverhill, MA

#19 Sep 23, 2008
HI PAUL; MY EMAIL IS [email protected] THANKS, RICK
Paul wrote:
Stacy,Rick,post your e-mail address,and I will contact you with Ober's Cabin's info.
NC Kidd

Brockville, Canada

#20 Aug 30, 2009
Hello everyone!
I was having a conversation with my Mother today about family holidays when she reminded me about Ober's Knotty Pine Cabins. We used to go annually - it was a nice drive from our home in Montreal. She only just informed me about Ober's tradition of taking home movies. She said that he would always make a point of showing the movies from the previous year's activities. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THOSE FILMS!!(Does anyone know where their son is living? My mother seems to think that he got married and had planned on joining the navy.) I read with interest that I am not the only one eager to see them again.

I made a random call to a B&B in Ashland (before I found this website) today and the owner had never heard of the Cabins. That's too was a great place and the couple who ran it were incredibly kind.

If anyone has any updates or info about those films...feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Thanks, NCK

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