At the Buck Job lumbering center there was a building known as Swezey Camp which was fitted up by the GMC with bunks and a stove.
This framed shelter was built by the LT Patrol in 1964, a gift of Mortimer R. Proctor, governor of Vermont from 1945 to 1947 and former president of the GMC. It has space for 8 and water is located at a brook 200 ft south. It replaced an older version of Sunrise Shelter which was located 200 ft south in a clearing where water is located. It has been in use from 1964 to present.
This camp was built in 1925 near the old Goshen Lodge location. It was used until 1963 as I remember thinking that it was in bad shape when Keith Edson and I passed it. [Paul Woodward] It was a steel camp built by the GMC with funds gifted by Redfield Proctor by the Proctor Section. 11 had bunks for 8 to 10 persons. Water was at the adjacent brook. It was in use from 1925 to 1966 when it still provided shelter but not maintained. Capacity is now 4 persons.
Spring Lake Camp has been dismantled, and its material is being used for Sunnyside Camp, now under construction 112 mile south. It will have bunk space for 10 and will be ready for use sometime in 1955. It was in use from 1955 to 1968 when it was burned down.
This shelter is located 0.f mile down the Sucker Brook Trail. It is a framed shelter which sleeps 8 and was built by the USFS in 1963. Water is found at Sucker Brook 50 ft further down the Sucker Brook Trail. It has been in use from 1963 to present.
Log structure built by Lake Pleiad Section in 1921 with bunks for 10 to 12. Sucker Brook crosses LT 80 ft to the south supplies the water. Called a shelter. Built of peeled logs, open front. bunks for 16 to 18 persons; fireplace and simple cooking utensils, good water.
This shelter was in use in 1985. This log structure with space for 6 was built in 1937 by the Worcester section and is aptly named having a gorgeous view of Stratton Mt. from a beautiful lake shore.
Stratton Pond Memories – I have been notified by members of the Worcester Section, GMC that a new Stratton Pond area shelter is being proposed as a replacement for the old Willis Ross one and that a suggestion-has been made that it be named after my deceased husband, Robert Humes. Bob, a past president of GMC, an end-to-ender in 1957, and an active trail maintainer for over thirty years until his death in 1991, would feel honored. I wish to aid in the establishment of the much-needed shelter to that much used area by the enclosed contribution.
In 1970, another cabin was built atop Stratton and was placed between the 1928 cabin and the fire tower. This cabin was a prefabricated log cabin produced by Green Mountain Cabins of Chester. Vt, and was much larger than the 1928 cabin. It was built during the summer of 1970 from July through September, under the direction of Junior A. Harwood, the Supervisor of Vt. Fire District #4. The story goes that the building was purchased from Green Mt. Cabins, who guaranteed free delivery to the site anywhere in Vermont. The contract was signed by all parties before Green Mt. Cabins discovered that the site was at the top of Stratton Mt. Supposedly, they reluctantly fulfilled their contract and went out of business shortly thereafter. The prefabricated logs were brought to the top of the north summit by tracked vehicle from the base lodge of Stratton Ski Resort and then along the ridge to the south summit site. Carpenter ants, porcupines. and a general assault from mother nature quickly deteriorated the new cabin. It was intentionally burned in February 1995, and the debris was removed the following summer.
This cabin was built approximately 100 feet from the tower. The Association arranged for Leon Stocker of Wardsboro to construct this building for $150. In a letter dated June 19, 1928, Robert M Ross, Vt. Commissioner of Forestry approved construction of the camp “of thoroughly died. matched pine boards with 2 windows, complete with sash, and a door with the necessary hardware. The roof should be so- constructed as to withstand a large amount of snow and properly braced to take care of this feature. The roofing material should at least be good three-ply roofing paper and a provision should be made for a stove pipe, six-inch hole, with the necessary galvanized iron protection around hole. The floor should be double boarded. The cabin was constructed that summer and was used by many fire watches over the years to come. It was refurbished in 1951/2, being modernized on the interior with a new sink and more cupboards and shelves. A new woodshed and toilet were also built at that time. During 1953/4, the telephone system was improved and a two-wire system and a dialing service. was put into use. In 1955/6, the cabin roof was covered with sheet aluminum. And so. with only a few changes from its original construction in 1928, the little fire spotter’s cabin still stands today, outlasting another log cabin that had been constructed in 1970.
At the top was a sixty-foot steel observatory commanding a view of all the southern part of the State; this was damaged by a gale in January 1921. There is a spring and log cabin a few hundred feet down the east slope which has been given over to hedgehogs but may afford shelter in an emergency.
This frame lean-to with space for 8 was built in 1963 by the US Forest Service. It was named in honor of George F. Story, for many years an active trail worker in the Worcester Section. There is a spring beside the trail 45 yards. north. In use from 1963 to present.