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Mountain Lake House

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John Bonham of Bridgeport, CT on Jan 10, 2007

I heard that the old Mountain Lake House has been knocked down and is being turned into a natural preserve. Anybody know if this is true?

Bob L of Bridgeport, CT on Jan 24, 2007

I heard that it was arson. Anybody know the truth

TOMMY BOY of Raleigh, NC on Feb 12, 2007

I went by there this weekend and it is all gone except the rooms over by the pool and the pool itself

Pete C of Easton, PA on Feb 19, 2007

Mt. Lake House was severely vandalized. One building, the dancehall, was burned down by vandals. All the other buildings were burned down on purpose in controlled burns by the Marshalls Creek Fire Co. The property is currently up for sale. There have been no takers so far. I'm as accurate a source of information as you will get on this matter. My grandparents started the resort in 1918.

John Bonham of Bridgeport, CT on Feb 20, 2007

Thanks for the info. That was such a cool place. I'd like to check it out for myself. Can you get on the grounds or is it blocked off?

Pete C of Easton, PA on Feb 20, 2007

Well, there are several no-trespassing signs as you enter the place. However, I sort of think you wouldn't get into any big trouble if you drove in. They were strict about things when the buildings were still standing because they were worried about lawsuits, etc. Also, gas company workers use the entrance road all the time to get to work on that big gas pipeline that now runs near the back end of the property.

John Bonham of Bridgeport, CT on Feb 20, 2007

I will have to go see this. I spent many summers there as a kid about thirty years ago. They burned down everything? there had to be at least ten different buildings on the grounds.

Pete C of Easton, PA on Feb 20, 2007

They burned down everything except the cement-block motel unit that was beyond the swimming pool, and the newer cement-block barn, located far up the hill. Everything else is gone. You may be interested in an article on the hotel on Wikipedia that I was surprised to see. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Lake_Ho...
Don't know who supplied the information for the article.

John Bonham of Bridgeport, CT on Feb 21, 2007

I didn't know there even was a barn. Is it up the road just past the main house where you go left to the staff buildings?

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Feb 22, 2007

The barn is well hidden. Yes, it is exactly where you described. You have to get on that road to where the staff buildings were and go pretty far back up the hill on the property, veering somewhat to the right. Let's say maybe 200 yards or so past where the staff buildings were. It is now concealed by trees. There should be an unpaved road to it. By the way, the cement barn we're talking about is actually the 2nd barn ever built on the property. The first barn was all wood. It was located on the same road we're talking about, only about 50 yards from the staff buildings.

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Feb 22, 2007

I think I'd better clarify the above directions a bit. When you get to the end of the main house and first make a left to start up the road we are talking about, you go roughly 50 yards up the hill and will come to a T in the road. If you turn left, you will go to the old staff buildings area. Instead, veer to the right and continue on an unpaved road roughly 200 yards up the hill and you will find the barn surrounded by trees.

Kfree of Warwick, NY on Mar 25, 2007

Hey, just found the thread. I used to in the late 70s and early 80s with my family. Anyone know whatever happened to Bob Siep? He was a blast. Bob would be drinking his Dewars and water and let me sit on the bench. Telling me the dirty jokes that I wasn't suppose to know.

Oh well, it is sad but the memories are happy ones.

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Mar 26, 2007

Sorry, don't know anything about Bob Siep. He was after my time. I worked there in the 50s. If you were there in the late 70s and early 80s, I'm guessing that Bob Huffman was probably managing the resort at that time. He's my cousin. I see him quite often. In case you haven't done so already, you can check out the Wikipedia article on MLH at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_Lake_Ho... . If you click on "Discussion" at the top of that page, you'll see "#7-Additional history on the resort" that I contributed.

kfree of Norton, MA on Mar 27, 2007

Thanks for the additional info. Does anyone have any pictures left? The few things I remember are probably long gone with the parents moving all over the place.

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Mar 27, 2007

You're probably right about the lack of pictures. I myself have none from the time period you remember. And interestingly, most of the comments and rememberences I read about are of that same time period - the 70s and 80s. I'm pretty old, and my memories of the place go back well before that time. Ha.

JASON of Raleigh, NC on Apr 11, 2007

I can't believe what had happened. That place was so cool. It was the greatest thing to drive past that place. I used to think it was haunted. Sorry to hear it's gone.

Milly of Raleigh, NC on Apr 21, 2007

I went there in the 60's and 70's. I have some great memories of that place. Everyone there was so nice and helpful. There was always something going on all day and the evenings were always eventful. Time takes its toll on everthing that is good. Do you know exactly when or why it had closed

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Apr 22, 2007

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Mountain_La... . Then look under #7, "Additional history on the resort," for a chronology of events. As to why the resort closed, well it was primarily because of a general decline in the resort industry in the Poconos over a period of many years. Unfortunately, many other Pocono resorts have also gone the way of Mt. Lake House.

Mary of Falls Church, VA on May 16, 2007

Such a shame to know if was gone. My grandparents vacationed there every year and my parents went there on their honeymoon in 1953. They were on a postcard sold from the resort for many years. We have a number of pictures from their trip and our trips to see my grandparents. I also spent a week there with my son. Great memories.

Kurt of Budapest, Hungary on Aug 13, 2007

I used to lifeguard at Mountian Lake House, Tamiment and Unity House in the mid-late 80s. It was a little melancholic working in these places in their twilight but a lot of fun. My best youthful memories were the summer vacations in the poconos. It's quite sad when I visit my parents and see the old places falling apart and being sold off to property developers to be stripped forever.

Tom - Staten Island-Bklyn of Glenmont, NY on Sep 6, 2007

I used to vacation in (drum roll please) Mountain Manor (also gone now in place of a golf resort only). My memories of Mountain Lake House in the early 70's are quite vivid and kind. We played each other in softball and I always found myself in centerfield chasing after some pretty good shots you boys hit towards me. Anyway, as I remember each year was different (for about 3-4 years) as one year you had our number and the next year we had yours. Sorry to read about the loss. My heart goes out to all of you.

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Oct 1, 2007

The following web site has quite a few photographs showing how the resort was vandalized around 2003 or 2004.
http://www.abandonedbutnotforgotten.com/mount...

Sally of Washington, DC on Oct 1, 2007

I just decided to Google Mountain Lake Resort (House) to see whether it had a website now...I had no idea it was closed or had been vandalized. I'm really sad looking at the photos from the vandalism. That place WAS my childhood. We went there every summer for at least six or seven years, and I remember it very vividly. I looked forward to it every year. We always stayed in the Main House.

I took lots of photos. If I find any that show the actual resort well (and not just me and my friends in the pools) I'll scan them and post them online somewhere and post a link here. But I went in the late-80s to mid-90s, so I won't have photos from what sounds like its true heyday.

Pete McKenna of Buford, GA on Oct 8, 2007

Pete C wrote:
You're probably right about the lack of pictures. I myself have none from the time period you remember. And interestingly, most of the comments and rememberences I read about are of that same time period - the 70s and 80s. I'm pretty old, and my memories of the place go back well before that time. Ha.
I used to rent a cottage from a Mrs. Huffman (she died about 1959 I think and I thought she was a wonderful lady--I can't remember her first name) who owned Huffman Store. The cottage that we rented from about 1947-1960 was on the lake and only about 500 yards from Mt. Lake House. If you get this message please let me know and I'll be happy to send a picture of Mt. Lake House and the tennis courts from about 1949.

Pete McKenna of Buford, GA on Oct 8, 2007

I used to rent a cottage from a Mrs. Huffman (she died about 1959 I think and I thought she was a wonderful lady--I can't remember her first name) who owned Huffman Store. The cottage that we rented from about 1947-1960 was on the lake and only about 500 yards from Mt. Lake House. If you get this message please let me know and I'll be happy to send a picture of Mt. Lake House and the tennis courts from about 1949.

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Oct 9, 2007

Wow, now we really are going back in time.

I think you may be talking about Edla Huffman, who died in 1961. She was married to my great Uncle, Norman Huffman (1877-1943). They owned the General Store in Marshalls Creek. Norman was also the postmaster in Marshalls Creek for 20 years.

Edlaís daughter, Mimi MacDonough, is still alive. Her husband Dick MacDonough ran the General Store for many years. Mimiís son Dave McDonough took over the store when Dick died. That store, by the way, was in continuous operation from 1832 until 2006, a period of 174 years! The store closed its doors last year for what everyone thought would be the last time. But surprisingly, this year Dave rented out the store and it has opened again under new management.

As a side note, Daveís father, Dick MacDonough was seriously injured in 1964 when a truck carrying 15 tons of dynamite exploded just a few miles north of Marshalls Creek on Rt. 209. He was a fireman and responded to a call for a truck fire early in the morning. The truck was not marked as carrying explosives. A Marshalls Creek Fire Company web page on the explosion can be found at: http://www.marshallscreekfireco.org/Explosion... .

Jennifer C of New Orleans, LA on Oct 9, 2007

Pete C wrote:
Mt. Lake House was severely vandalized. One building, the dancehall, was burned down by vandals. All the other buildings were burned down on purpose in controlled burns by the Marshalls Creek Fire Co. The property is currently up for sale. There have been no takers so far. I'm as accurate a source of information as you will get on this matter. My grandparents started the resort in 1918.
Please tell me what they are asking for the place.

Jennifer C of New Orleans, LA on Oct 9, 2007

please tell me what they are asking for the place.

Jennifer C of New Orleans, LA on Oct 9, 2007

I went the every summer for 20 years. I will really miss it!

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Oct 10, 2007

Good question, about the price being asked for the Mt. Lake property.

I have no first hand knowledge of what they are asking. However, I heard a rumor that it was 2.5 million. If that is true, itís an awfully high price for 100 acres of land up there. Far too high in my opinion.

Some years ago I believe they were asking 1.0 million for the resort when the buildings were still standing. Why would they ask 2.5 million now for vacant land? I donít know. My guess is that whatever they are asking it is too high, because the resort was on the market for 2 or 3 years when the buildings were still there, and it has been on the market for 1-1/2 years as vacant land. Thatís a long time to have no takers.

Michele Neats of Roslyn, NY on Oct 10, 2007

I am so happy I stumbled upon this. My parents met while working at Mountain Lake house. They have been married now for 36 years after meeting there. My grandparents still live up the road. My dad would be very interested to read all of this. I will have to pass it along to him. Thanks!

Michele Neats of bergenfield, nj on Oct 10, 2007

Just a side note,
I am not from Florham Park as it states but
I do not know how to change that setting. I do live in New Jersey, but my mother grew up in Marhall's Creek.

Pete McKenna of Buford, GA on Oct 11, 2007

Thanks Pete C for the info on Mrs. Huffman who had the General Store in the 50's and who rented our family the bungalow on the Lake from @1947 thru @1961.
I have all good memories of all those summers where we were only about 500 yards from Mt. Lake House down the gravel road in front of Mt. Lake in the direction of Oak Grove. Since we were not renting from Mt. Lake we couldn't use the pool etc. but we were allowed in the casino (that's what we called the snack bar). I remember when there was a horse corral on the side of the casino and I even remember the fire dog "Cappy" that I think belonged to Mt. Lake.
I knew the story about the heroic firemen that were killed/hurt in 1964. I think a Mr. Miller who managed or owned the gas station next to Huffman's store was killed then. We knew him as "Miller".
I remember our handyman "Frank Smith" (maybe you knew him--he lived up past Mt. Manor.
I remember so many fishing trips on the lake where we used to go down "the channel" almost to Oak Grove and catch pickeral and turtles and occassionally see "the big snapper" (about 100 lb. snapper (we never could catch him.
I even remember Walter who was the bartender of the tavern in back of Huffman's store where we played the Pin Ball Machines.
I knew Joel and Wayne Huffman in the late 50;s and early 60's and almost joined the Marines with Joel in Easton.
Anyway, I won't keep going on, but I wish I knew you back then. I have many many memories and stories.
Please let me know if you want any of my old pictures from late 40's early 50's in front of Mt. Lake House (I was a kid then--born in 1943.
I now live in Roswell, Ga.

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Oct 12, 2007

Well Iíll be. Isnít that something.

Joel and Wayne are my cousin buddies, as well as Bobby Huffman who managed the resort from about 1972 to 1982. The 50s were Mt. Lakeís heyday and the four of us had loads of fun together back then. I see Bobby and his wife every couple of months and Wayne occasionally. Wayne still lives in the area. Joel and his other brother Randy live out West. I last saw them at their motherís funeral service in November 2005. Thatís right, Joel joined the Marines. Wayne joined the Navy and I went in the Army. I worked in the kitchen most of my years at Mt. Lake. I also worked in the snack bar around 1955.

Yup, Cappy was my Uncle Elwoodís dog. Elwood managed the resort in those days. He was a large man. Over 300 pounds.

I think the best thing we can do is this. I will give you my email address which is pete0217@rcn.com . My last name is Carron. My mother was Miriam Huffman. If you email me I can then give you contact information for Joel if you would like. Also, I will go through my photos from those days and send you some I think may interest you. They are all on slides so it will take me a while to scan and send them. And when you get a chance, I would be interested to see that photo you have of Mt. Lake & the tennis courts from 1949.

Mike Lisa from S Jersey of Indianapolis, IN on Oct 24, 2007

Hello , We just found this link from wikipedia and am sure glad we did. Could anyone tell us the relation MLH had to The Hideaway resort. My wife and I also checked out MLH starting in feb 2006 till present. I never new of a concrete barn either. Something to look for next time up. Also if anyone noticed in the pictures from abandonedbutnotforgotten the front of the main house just above the ac unit is missing the sign "MOUNTAIN LAKE HOUSE POCONOS MOST ACTIVE RESORT" and that sign was there april 06 so them pictures were very recent. Thanks for any info on the hideaway. Mike

Pete C of Allentown, PA on Oct 25, 2007

There was no relationship between Mountain Lake House (when the Huffmans owned it) and any resort named the Hideaway or Hideout. I'm not sure why you asked about the Hideaway, but I did see a reference to the Hideout in the Wikipedia discussion forum.

Someone mentioned in Wikipedia that they saw items like tee shirts with the Hideout printed on them in the (then vandalized) gift shop at Mt. Lake in February 2006. The Hideout is a resort community at Lake Ariel in the Poconos. Why Hideout items would have been for sale in the Mt. Lake House gift shop, I don't know, but I will take a guess at one possible reason why.

After the Fardas bought the resort in 1982, they changed the name to Mt. Lake Resort. Mr. Farda owned a number of other businesses at the time, one of which was the Summit resort in Tannersville. It is also possible that Mr. Farda owned or had ties to the Hideout at the time. Thatís the best guess I can give. I am due to see my cousin Bob Huffman in several weeks and I will ask him if he knows anything about this at that time.

Mike Lisa from S Jersey of Indianapolis, IN on Oct 31, 2007

Hi, I am the one who left the comment on Wikipedia discussion forum about the hideout. I do have to say that I goofed when I called it hideout it was HIDEAWAY that we saw. In the gift shop were t-shirts,sweatshirts,and even a small fridge type magnet with the hideaway logo. Also on one of the mailers mountain lake house sent out the hideaway was listed under the " THINGS TO DO " column and it mentions it was a short 30 min drive from MLH. Well I hope this information helps and I would like to personally say thank you for taking the time to talk about MLH. Mike

The Hideaway of Allentown, PA on Nov 5, 2007

According to Bob Huffman, the Hideaway items found in the vandalized gift shop at Mt. Lake probably refered to the Hideaway Hills golf resort in Kresgeville PA. It is owned by the same Mr. Farda that owned Mt. Lake House from 1982 to 2004.

Mike K of Media, PA on Nov 6, 2007

My family visited MLH every summer since the mid 1950ís, my grandfather was close with the Huffmanís and played golf with (I donít remember his first name) regularly. I did not come along until 78. I remember so much from MLH, so many great memories. I know that my memories are mostly in the 80ís but does anyone remember Damien the magician. He was hoot. I was very happy to find this message board although it was bittersweet finding out what has happened to it. My mother who has gone there from the start was also very happy to see that people remember MLH. She knows a lot of information and has many photos.

Mike Lisa from S Jersey of Indianapolis, IN on Nov 6, 2007

The Hideaway wrote:
According to Bob Huffman, the Hideaway items found in the vandalized gift shop at Mt. Lake probably refered to the Hideaway Hills golf resort in Kresgeville PA. It is owned by the same Mr. Farda that owned Mt. Lake House from 1982 to 2004.
Yea that makes sense because it was on a 1999 mailer that I saw the name hideaway resort. I am sad to say that I never stayed at MLH and only found it after it was left abbandoned. I would love to see any other photos anyone may have in its hayday. Take care, Mike
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