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shapanack resort on old stone bridge road

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Since: Aug 09

Sunnyside, NY

#1 Aug 19, 2009
This was a very nice resort which closed around 1993. Nice family run place, by the Zeun family. Some family memebers passed and now the place is in bad disrepair. Does anyone know Chris Zeun who lives there, or what is going on with this place. I dont get it
Ken

Greenwood, IN

#2 Oct 5, 2009
Just went for a visit there to see the place. Some guy in Harry,s old home chased me away from taking pictures. The place is very run down and overgrown. Not sure who owns the property. Sad it couldn't be resurrected. The pond is a green slime now and the pools barely visible by the overgrowth. Harry,s old home is also in bad repair with broken windows.
GCNY

New York, NY

#3 Oct 7, 2009
This is probably Chris Zeun. If this is him, this is Harry's nephew. By Harry's house I assume this is the pink house that Mama and Papa Zeun originally lived in? I dont understand why Chris is letting the place fall into the ground. I have expressed interest in the place, however,have not gotten an answer from him. Any thoughts?
Ken wrote:
Just went for a visit there to see the place. Some guy in Harry,s old home chased me away from taking pictures. The place is very run down and overgrown. Not sure who owns the property. Sad it couldn't be resurrected. The pond is a green slime now and the pools barely visible by the overgrowth. Harry,s old home is also in bad repair with broken windows.
Beverly Cook

Port Jefferson, NY

#4 Jan 28, 2010
My grandfather and his brother bought this farm in 1920 and then brought their families over from Russia in 1921. My mother was 10 and thought she had arrived in Paradise! She and her sister went to a one room schoolhouse which is now someone's summer cottage. They were not successful and sole the farm back to the original owner in 1925 and moved to Newark NJ. The farm was sold in 1933 (about) to a German man who left Germany for a better life. The pink house was the original farmhouse. The social hall was the barn. There was another house which was a summer house for boarders. My uncle was born there, but the family move shortly thereafter. My mother learned to swim in the creek and sat for hours under the waterfall. In 1985 we took her to find the place. The German man was still alive. His daughter was running the place at that time. It was a lovely place and I can imagine that it was special for the people who vacationed there.
Brandon C SINY

Staten Island, NY

#5 Mar 20, 2010
I had great child hood memories that are burned into my heart. the friends we made, the gost stories shared, the letting the horses out (when were told not to) the missing bell for the last breakfast in the morning replaced by pots and pans over the loud speaker, the creek trip up to the Zoom Flume. Than the tears that came and were expected on the morning of good byes, with the comfort that it will only be a year till we get to do it all over again. i wish this were a reality once agian for my chlidren to experience,,,in gods grace i hope it will be someday. hell ill pitch in for the rebuil free of charge.
Geoff Fleming

Newark, NJ

#6 Mar 24, 2010
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The German who bought the property was a fellow named Carl Hall. During the 1930s,my father's family spent summers in the large house across the pond from Shapanack.
We made a trip there about 1950 when the Zeun's had just begun the resort. We would later spend a week there in the years 1959-1967...a great place! I was there the night before reporting to the Army, in 1967.
Steve Schad

Jersey City, NJ

#7 Jun 22, 2010
My best childhood memories were those in Shapanack. Myself, along with my parents and my
5 brothers and sisters would visit every year on the 3rd week of July. As we drove on 145, we anxiously searched for the Shapanack sign that read " Welcome to Shapanack, A Vacation Paradise "
The wigwam bell, fishing off the dock, shuffleboard, the weenie roast, the smell of gravel on the road, the cabins that always needed something, pork chops on Saturday afternoon when we arrived, rowing in the lake and ducking to fit under the bridge......the horses and trail rides. Harry making cheeseburgers late at night, they were always best at that time because of the grease on the grill. The dances with that same band that played for as many years as I went. The horse races. Movies upstairs in the Wigwam. Walking the stream without slipping on the rocks.
Becoming old enough to swim in the ADULT pool. The great slide in the kid pool. The stars at night......Feeding the ducks with the leftover bread from the table. When it rained....Harry would get on the PA and announce it was raining so everyone could "Do their own thing"......Linda always working hard....Papa Zeun chasing kids out of the pool after it closed......I miss the place and have often thought of reviving it. If anyone reading this feels the same way, Let's bring Shapanack back to life....contact me at [email protected] Now let the bell ring as we drive away from the deer under the sign, with tears in our eyes, knowing it will be a long winter and 51 more weeks until we can again wake up in The Shapanack.
lisa anzalone

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jul 24, 2010
had the best times in shapanack that i also will hold close to my heart. just got in touch with old friend from there on fb. should have a fb reunion and share great memmories
Danny Donato

Bronx, NY

#9 Oct 31, 2010
Have so many fond memories of Shapanack growing up. Loved riding the horses and hanging around the barn. Also loved taking out a rowboat and catching fish in the pond. How great it would be if that place re-opened and we could all show our kids and grandkids the place. One can dream right...
Anita

AOL

#10 Jan 15, 2011
Steve Schad wrote:
My best childhood memories were those in Shapanack. Myself, along with my parents and my
5 brothers and sisters would visit every year on the 3rd week of July. As we drove on 145, we anxiously searched for the Shapanack sign that read " Welcome to Shapanack, A Vacation Paradise "
The wigwam bell, fishing off the dock, shuffleboard, the weenie roast, the smell of gravel on the road, the cabins that always needed something, pork chops on Saturday afternoon when we arrived, rowing in the lake and ducking to fit under the bridge......the horses and trail rides. Harry making cheeseburgers late at night, they were always best at that time because of the grease on the grill. The dances with that same band that played for as many years as I went. The horse races. Movies upstairs in the Wigwam. Walking the stream without slipping on the rocks.
Becoming old enough to swim in the ADULT pool. The great slide in the kid pool. The stars at night......Feeding the ducks with the leftover bread from the table. When it rained....Harry would get on the PA and announce it was raining so everyone could "Do their own thing"......Linda always working hard....Papa Zeun chasing kids out of the pool after it closed......I miss the place and have often thought of reviving it. If anyone reading this feels the same way, Let's bring Shapanack back to life....contact me at [email protected] Now let the bell ring as we drive away from the deer under the sign, with tears in our eyes, knowing it will be a long winter and 51 more weeks until we can again wake up in The Shapanack.
I also remember going there with my family as a young child. I do remember the horse races and often look at pictures we have from there. I remember a field with hundreds of daisy's! I remember the pools and the waterfall, the bell and the deer under the sign! I was looking it up on-line, thinking I would love to take my family with my brothers and sisters family and go back to visit!!
Beverly Cook

Newark, NJ

#11 Jan 16, 2011
Anita wrote:
<quoted text>I also remember going there with my family as a young child. I do remember the horse races and often look at pictures we have from there. I remember a field with hundreds of daisy's! I remember the pools and the waterfall, the bell and the deer under the sign! I was looking it up on-line, thinking I would love to take my family with my brothers and sisters family and go back to visit!!
My husband and I drove up to find the place this past fall. It was a sentimental journey to find my grandfather's farm (sold in 1924) where my Mom arrived as a 10 year old in 1921; the rest of the family having gotten out of Russia that year. It was a peaceful paradise for her. We had visited in the late 80's and she reminisced with Mr. Zeun and his daughter. My mother died in 2002 and I wanted to fell close to her so that's why we went there. What a sad place. Everything is falling down. The grandson (I guess that would be Chris) lives there and has trouble keeping people out. He worries that
someone would be hurt climbing around in the ruins. It all looks like a giant tear-down because it would cost a fortune to restore, even if it were possible. It still is in a lovely spot, but the past is over. Keep happy memories but let the rest go. Beverly
Felix Munoz

Oyster Bay, NY

#12 Jan 19, 2011
That was a great place. I wish it would come back. I still have a picture with me and my two brothers sitting on the deer out front.
bob

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Feb 26, 2011
Beverly Cook wrote:
<quoted text>
My husband and I drove up to find the place this past fall. It was a sentimental journey to find my grandfather's farm (sold in 1924) where my Mom arrived as a 10 year old in 1921; the rest of the family having gotten out of Russia that year. It was a peaceful paradise for her. We had visited in the late 80's and she reminisced with Mr. Zeun and his daughter. My mother died in 2002 and I wanted to fell close to her so that's why we went there. What a sad place. Everything is falling down. The grandson (I guess that would be Chris) lives there and has trouble keeping people out. He worries that
someone would be hurt climbing around in the ruins. It all looks like a giant tear-down because it would cost a fortune to restore, even if it were possible. It still is in a lovely spot, but the past is over. Keep happy memories but let the rest go. Beverly
just looking up the resort on line and found your posting, a very good history,we had gone up there for about 15 years straight from 1967 to the 80's starting when i was 7,my family had come to know their family as an extension of ours, just as most families who went every year the same time, and the same place.from the day you heard the bell ring on your departure on that saturday morning until next year ,the countdown began.if you read all the stories that get posted about shapanack, the same words appear in every testimonial and memory, that it was the best times they had growing up with new friends and family.if you know of any of the family still living in the area, drop me a message.i have been up there a few times over my adult years,only to be saddened with the way it looks now,but all those memories just pour in and puts a warm feeling of lost family members and the memories that come alive again as if was just happening again.i would love to hear from you, thanks
miklatourettee

United States

#14 Mar 16, 2011
I worked there for 2 summers 74/75 as a busboy what a party
Annette

Brooklyn, NY

#15 Jun 24, 2011
Steve Schad wrote:
My best childhood memories were those in Shapanack. Myself, along with my parents and my
5 brothers and sisters would visit every year on the 3rd week of July. As we drove on 145, we anxiously searched for the Shapanack sign that read " Welcome to Shapanack, A Vacation Paradise "
The wigwam bell, fishing off the dock, shuffleboard, the weenie roast, the smell of gravel on the road, the cabins that always needed something, pork chops on Saturday afternoon when we arrived, rowing in the lake and ducking to fit under the bridge......the horses and trail rides. Harry making cheeseburgers late at night, they were always best at that time because of the grease on the grill. The dances with that same band that played for as many years as I went. The horse races. Movies upstairs in the Wigwam. Walking the stream without slipping on the rocks.
Becoming old enough to swim in the ADULT pool. The great slide in the kid pool. The stars at night......Feeding the ducks with the leftover bread from the table. When it rained....Harry would get on the PA and announce it was raining so everyone could "Do their own thing"......Linda always working hard....Papa Zeun chasing kids out of the pool after it closed......I miss the place and have often thought of reviving it. If anyone reading this feels the same way, Let's bring Shapanack back to life....contact me at [email protected] Now let the bell ring as we drive away from the deer under the sign, with tears in our eyes, knowing it will be a long winter and 51 more weeks until we can again wake up in The Shapanack.
Steve: I also went with my parents and brother the third week of July from 1961 to l977 then first week in August til 1991. I loved your memories and wonder if our families knew each other. I've tried to locate some of the girls I knew from that time, Dale Bebko, Alice (?) all from Long Island. How about the Creek...I have pics of a bunch of us washing our hair under the falls down there on the night of the fairwell dance...I feel like we grew up at Shapanack and we returned with our children and friends in 1977 so our kids have Shapanack memories too.
Michele C Rodriguez

Edgewater, FL

#17 Jun 28, 2011
Had the best Summer ever when I sent there to celebrate my 11th Birthday with my best Friend, Cathy Dougherty and her family. It was third week of July 1981 as my birthday is 7/23. I remember the cute cabins we slept in and the french onion soup we had for dinner. It was the first time I had ever tried French Onion soup, coming from an Italian family in Brooklyn NY, this was not the normal fare..lol. Anyway, to this day when I smell onion soup it brings me back. I loved horse back riding (really the highlight of my week there.) Had a blast at the Zoom Flume and hanging out at the pool. Had a crush on a boy (hey I was 11) I named Jeremy Jacobus (believe that's how it was spelled) who's parents were Attorney's and they were from NJ. We kept in touch even after camp via phone and mail. Cathy's parents were like 2nd parents to me and I'll never forget this trip..Have since lost touch with Cathy (and Jeremy) and would love to reconnect to catch up if anyone remembers them. Haven't found niether on Facebook. I've since relocated to Orlando, FL for the last 18 yrs and am married so they know my by my maiden name of Potere. It's sad to see the resort is no longer in business..Truly awesome memories...
Michele C Rodriguez

Edgewater, FL

#18 Jun 28, 2011
Just reread my last post and saw several typos..oops..sorry..lol
George Strebel

Brooklyn, NY

#19 Jul 1, 2011
My wife had never been to Shapanack but has heard so much about it over the years. I grew up with Shapanack. My brother and sister and my Mom and Dad. My Grandparents,my Aunt/Uncle cousins.......we ALL went there and what a great time every year we went. Well last year my wife got to see the place and I couldn't hold back the tears. My suggestion to anyone who ever spent their vacation at Shapanck is DO NOT GO there to see it now. You'll be crying all the way home. Even Hanzel and Gretels diner is changed. Weldenhouse is some travel info booth/store/ whatever. Keep Shap in your memories folks,there will NEVER be another place like it. I am blessed to have had the chance to spend my vacations there with family and friends for 15+ years.
Nicole Canner

Jackson, NJ

#20 Jul 12, 2011
My husband has spent 15 years there with his parents and sister back in the day. I have heard nothing but stories over the years and wish we could now go with our own kids. He grew up in Brooklyn and so did some of his closest friends and every year they would go the same week. He may know some of the people on this site :)
Joanne Mancini Barth

Bridgeport, CT

#21 Jul 15, 2011
I also went to Shapanack every year from 1960 to 1970 and it was the wk of the 4th of July. They were the best yrs of my life growing up. I spent alot of time at the barn and went riding at least twice a day. The same people would go the same wk every year and we couldn't wait. The jute box in the rec room with all the newest songs and we would dance for hrs. Loved the dances. Basically loved everything about it. It was a time of freedom from parents who were to busy playing cards to care what we were doing. I was able to take my daughter up there once but it wasn't the same feeling as being up there as a kid.

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