Roy and Chet Buchanan celebrating Roy's 89th birthday at Buchanan Lodge, Dec 12 1971
Roy and Chet Buchanan celebrating Roy’s 89th birthday at Buchanan Lodge, Dec 12 1971

This frame cabin with bunks for about 12, was built by the LT Patrol in 1949. Adjacent Gleason Brook furnishes water. Formerly Wiley Lodge, the cabin was renamed Buchanan lodge in 1964 upon the completion of the new Wiley Lodge on the LT relocation between Gorham Lodge and Jonesville. Buchanan Lodge was so named in honor of Prof. Roy O. Buchanan, founder of the LT Patrol in 1931,and for 36 years its active leader. [GB 20th Edition 1971]

It was in use from 1949 and was destroyed by fire on April 17th, 1978 A stover at the lodge had been removed buta metal protective plate underneath it had remained. Two cmpers (apprently like others before them) had a campfire on the plate. The destructive fire was the result of this thoughtless action. [LT News May 1978]

A closed log siding cabin with shingle roof, stove, and bunks for 12. [GB 14th Edition 1951]

The construction of this lodge in 1949 by LT Patrol was made possible by a generous gift from William O. Wiley of the New York Section who has also contributed to a fund for its perpetual maintenance. Especially well built, using log siding, it is one of the LT best structures. There are bunks for about 12. Adjacent Gleason Brook furnishes water for drinking and swimming. [GB 50th Anniversary Edition 1960 (16th)]

Visitors report that this 12′ x 18′ structure is in a beauty spot It stands on the edge of a deep ravine, and a pool at the foot of the cascade is about fifteen feet long and deep enough for swimming. [LT News, August 1949.)

The floor was replaced, new stove pipe was installed, and new glass was put in. [LT News, May 1962]

The cost was $600. William Wiley gave $2500. the balance of $1900. is drawing interest in a Wiley Lodge Fund which provides for all maintenance and rebuilding whenever the original wears out.

[LT News, Nov. 1964] On Dec. 12, 1969, 24 members of the Burlington section snowshoed to the Lodge to celebrate Roy’s 89th birthday. Knowing his affinity for porcupines, it was natural that the theme of the occasion should revolve around these prickly creatures. Cupcakes were covered with “quills” (toothpicks), and each had a bite out of it. A congratulatory birch-bark scroll presented to Roy was signed by all present. One person even formed a signature out of porky footprints. [LTN Feb. 1970]