Postcard of The Lodge in Stowe, 1954
Postcard of The Lodge in Stowe, 1954

A private campground and resort located near Bingham Falls in Stowe, The Lodge was affectionately known to Long Trail hikers as “Lance’s Lodge.”  The Lodge’s proximity to the Long Trail made it a favorite stop for hikers in search of a hot bath, and a soft bed.

In 1930, the GMC planned a weeklong outing that included a stay at Lance’s Lodge:

Wednesday down to Barnes Camp, carrying light packs, where the party will rejoin its baggage, and find a most comfortable camp, with “real beds”, electric lights, etc. Two nights will be spent here, Thursday being spent in a round-trip to Sterling Range and Pond and back through famous Smugglers’ Notch with its caves and big spring.

Friday hike without packs to Lance’s Lodge in Smuggler’s Notch where two nights will be spent in tents with “real beds” and electric light, with excellent meals in the beautiful central dining hall with its great fireplace. Those wanting to get home before the Labor Day sleeper may go out by bus for the Sunday night sleeper from Waterbury. The days here will be taken up in walks over the new trails on Sterling and Mansfield mountains on foot or (extra) on horseback for those who prefer. The estimated cost for Party B is $60 including everything but the optional horseback rides.

Pamphlet for Lance's Lodge
Pamphlet for Lance’s Lodge

In 1931, The Lodge was the scene of a brouhaha after Louis Charizio car-jacked Clayton Rugg, a Cambridge garage proprietor.

According to courtroom testimony:

As soon as the car stopped Charizio shot Rugg. Charizio again ordered him to “drive on” and Rugg said “I can’t.” Charizio said, “Move over and get out.”  Rugg, though shot, got out of the car.”  Then Rugg walked a few feet before collapsing and dying a few minutes later in the arms of his wife.

Charizio sped off alone in the car, towards Stowe.

After receiving a phone call that a murder was headed through Smugglers’ Notch, J.T. Lance, his son, and some assistants quickly created a barrier on Mountain Road.  Charizio attempted to smash through the barrier but was captured at The Lodge.

Long Trail News June 1930

“Charizio Murder Trail at Hyde Park Halted Soon After Beginning Going to Montpelier.” News and Citizen (Morrisville Vermont), August 19, 1931.