Green Mountain Club

Long Trail System Shelter History

Originally accumulated by Paul and Joanne Woodward in 1999
Updated by GMC Burlington Section

This shelter was built in 1922 on Bondville Road, present day route 30, near the intersection with route 11, east of Manchester. It was maintained by the Green Mountain Club and featured bunks for twenty to twenty-four persons. The most notable feature of this shelter was its commanding view of Mount Aeolus near Manchester.
This GMC camp is on the GB 5th Edition map but is not mentioned in the text. Not mentioned as a place for shelter in GB 8th Edition 1930. I did not find in GB text that this camp was ever established, however. it was noted on GB 3rd Edition that it was to be built in 1921.
A once thriving turn-of-the-century mill village in the town of Wallingford, this now abandoned ghost town lies near the present Long Trail crossing of Homer Stone Brook. Careful hikers might notice stone walls, and the odd brick. This site was the subject of archeological dig in 2007. [LT News, Winter 2007] Local businessman and logger Barney Aldrich established Aldrichville and operated it as a mill village in the late nineteenth century. For more than twenty years (roughly 1880s-1910s), the mill operated successfully, before being abandoned in favor of a new location in the valley, nearer town and railroad. At its peak, the village consisted of a steam-powered mill (switched over from water power, probably in the 1890s), a store, school, blacksmith shop, boarding house, and roughly a dozen households.
See Carmel Camp (1st)
Located just north of the highway, this shelter. maintained by the GMC. is a small lean-to of plywood and plywood cores. It has been provided for the use of hikers by the Atlas Plywood Division over whose timberlands this portion of the trail passes. It was fabricated at the company’s Morrisville plant and assembled on the site by members of the GMC in 1967. Although not designed for overnight use. it can accommodate 3 or 4 hikers, if necessary. Water is located across the highway at a spring located on the LT. It has been in use from 1967 to present.
From Parker Camp the Trail runs southeasterly to the summit of Butternut Mountain, altitude 2690 feet. Turning then northeasterly it descends for a time, then follows a ridge. At a wet area it is relocated to the southeast of the former route. A side trail here leads to the left five minutes’ walk to a small house and barn called the ‘Badger’ lumber camp. [O'Kane] This camp offers shelter in the hayloft of the barn. There is no equipment at this camp. [GB 6th Edition 1924] E. P. Dickinson noted in GB 7th Edition 1929 that this was “dirty and forlorn, but roof good, lunched here Aug. ’29.” Camp is locked. Shelter in hayloft of barn. No equipment. [GB 7th Edition 1929] This camp, old house, and barn are in poor shape but afford some shelter – not a GMC Camp. [LT News, August 1931]
GMC staff and Montpelier Section volunteers began thinking about a new shelter after discovering that Gorham Lodge, on the north slope of Camel’s Hump, was destroyed by heavy snows in 2001. Where would the new lodge be located? And what type of structure would be built? A traditional log cabin like Butler Lodge? A postand-beam structure like Stratton Pond Shelter? The site that was eventually chosen offered views of ledges, was easily accessible from the Long Trail yet far enough away from the road, and was equidistant from Montclair Glen Lodge and Duck Brook Shelter. The structure would be a milled log lean-to~from Authentic Log Homes of Hardwick-because it would look appropriate for the backcountry, avoid the labor-intensive construction of a typical log structure, and allow maximum volunteer involvement.
This camp was built in 1931. It is a frame building with bunks for about 12. Water at nearby spring. Good views of the Sterling Range. [GB 50th Anniversary Edition 1960 (16th)] It was in use from 1931 to around 1994 when Roundtop Shelter was completed. Not mentioned in GB 24th Edition 1996. It was called Barrows Camp as it was located on the Barrows Farm. [LT News, Feb. 1932]
Log cabin in bad repair affords shelter, is apt to be dirty for picnickers. Stove inside fair. No bunks. Simple cooking utensils. Fine water 1/8 mile south on trail. This Lodge built by Col. Joseph Battell in 1899 for use of his guests, fitted complete with everything needed by campers and kept open for their use. Looted and wrecked by them.
A new open-front shelter built of peeled logs: good water, simple cooking utensils. Old wagon road goes out to Lincoln Valley via farms of the Atkins Brothers. Built in 1926
This log structure was built in 1938 by the LT Patrol for the New York Section at the cost of $194. It provided bunk space for 6 to 8. This shelter was once in a dense stand of large trees, but these were mostly blown down by the hurricane of 1950. It was in use from 1938 to 1966.
This shelter was built in 1967 by campers from Farm and Wilderness Camp using materials airlifted to the site. It sleeps 8. Water is from a small spring 100 ft. to the east. A caretaker may be in seasonal residence to assist and educate hikers and help protect the resources of the site and the summit of Mt. Abraham. A fee is charged for overnight use. Wood fires are not allowed within 500 ft. of this high-elevation site. Tenting near Battell Shelter is very limited. [GB 24th Edition 1996]
Perched on a rocky knoll above the trail, this shelter was built by Bob Lindemann and the Sterling Section in 1991. This open-faced frame shelter sleeps 12. The water supply is a brook just south of the shelter along the Long Trail.
Described as a "roofless cabin" on Herber Congdon's original 1918 map, this cabin was located on the Long Trail between Molly Stark and Baby Stark Mountains, it's unclear if this cabin was ever used as shelter. It may have served as mere rest stop due to the nearby spring.
The Sterling Section built, in 1947, a fine log camp, called Beaver “Medder” Camp about 1 1/4 miles directly south, and 900 ft. in elevation below Whiteface Shelter. [GB 13th Edition 1947] A log cabin built by the Sterling Section was completed in 1947. It has space for 15. Water is found in several adjacent brooks. In use from 1947 to present.
Has good water and views. A side trail leads down the southern slope to an interesting asbestos mine.
The USFS, under the direction of Sidney B. Davis, has constructed this shelter at a site 600 feet downstream from the new suspension bridge. It is on the proposed trail relocation scheduled for completion in the spring of 1964. Continuing alongside Big Branch, the Trail follows an old road, passes the stone foundation of a mill, and reaches Big Branch Shelter. This frame lean-to, with floor space for was built by the USFS in 1963. Big Branch furnishes water. The outhouse is-up the hill behind the shelter. It has been in use from 1963 to present.
A log lean-to with floor space for 6. It was built by the Worcester Section and named in honor of Louis L Bigelow, for many years an active trail worker in the Worcester Section. Water is from Bigelow Spring, 150 ft. east of the shelter on the trail. He was instrumental in laying out and completing the trails over Glastenbm·y Mountain, and headed up the building of the camps and shelters in the Stratton region. Later, he helped the completion of the Long Trail system by the trail from Jay Peak to the Canadian border. This shelter is located on the Lye Brook Trail on the south shore of Stratton Pond just 0.1 mile west of the LT. This shelter is in one of the heaviest usage areas of the LT system and is managed by a caretaker located at the Willis Ross clearing. Used from 1961 to 1997. It was dismantled in 1997. It was built to replace the Willis Ross Annex which was flooded due to beaver activity at the outlet which raised the water level about 1 foot. It was started in August 1961, and finished the first part of October 1961. This shelter is located on the Lye Brook Trail on the south shore of Stratton Pond just 0.1 mile west of the LT. This shelter is in one of the heaviest usage areas of the LT system and is managed by a caretaker located at the Willis Ross clearing. Used from 1961 to 1997. It was dismantled in 1997. It was built to replace the Willis Ross Annex which was flooded due to beaver activity at the outlet which raised the water level about 1 foot. It was started in August 1961, and finished the first part of October 1961.
In 1913, Miss Emily Proctor provided a fund through which three log lean-tos were erected. The shelter construction of the existing LT was started at this time. The approach trail to Birch Glen begins at the farm buildings and crosses a pasture where the way is marked by cairns. Entering woods and passing through a fence the trail becomes a well-marked woodland path. At the end of a mile from the Beane Place it arrives at this lodge on the LT, one of the shelters maintained by the GMC. The lodge is in an open forest of beech and yellow birch with occasional towering spruces.
It is expected that the new cabin at Birch Glen will be ready about the Fourth of July. It will be a log structure of ample proportions. A slab lining will tend to make the cabin considerably warmer and more weatherproof than the average shelter. It will also embody several unique features that will provide more adequate ventilation and lighting of the bunks. The cabin, which will afford comfortable sleeping accommodations for from sixteen to twenty, will be equipped with stove and cooking utensils. It will be close to an adequate water supply and within easy walking distance of Hanksville, with its shopping and mail facilities. This log structure, built in 1930 by GMC volunteers, has an open front “living room” and semi-enclosed sleeping quarters with bunk space for 12. The water source is a brook 100 ft. south. The shelter is located only 100 ft. down the Beane Trail which leads 1.5 miles west to Carse Road. Used from 1930 to present.
A lumbering camp about 0.5 mile from Bread Loaf Inn in Middlebury Gap For several years we have hoped to have some lodges which the Bread Loaf School could consider its own, for its own use, rather than for the public. At length we have such a one, and it is ready for occupancy. It is Blowdown Camp, on the brook two miles northeast of the Inn. It is not a lodge of the Adirondack type, but is a chopper’s camp, generously turned over to the School for its use by Mr. Fritz, the College Forester. It has been cleaned out and renovated. The camp is reached by the Gilmore Trail, which is in excellent condition, and is clearly marked all the way with the blue blaze, which is the blaze of the Forestry Dept. and the Bread Loaf School. The camp[s] is available for picnic groups from the School, or small parties over-night. The bunks are ready with fresh balsam on them, so that no preparation in that line is needed, but over-night parties need to take their blankets. There are no cooking utensils except a good tea-kettle and a four-quart pail. The sleeping capacity will accommodate parties up to six. It is quite feasible to take both supper and breakfast there, or to set back to the Inn for breakfast. The windows have screens on, and those who use the cabin are asked to leave the window open as they are and to shut the door when they come away, so as to keep flies and mosquitos out. In order to avoid “stacking up,” Mrs. Harrin:ton has been asked to act as the one to whom word can be given. She will reserve the cabin for parties who plan to use it on a given date.
This cabin was recently erected. It is a closed frame construction suitable for 12 and is the gift of the Blue Triangle Club of the State YMCA. Located in the woods on the bank of the crook.
This lodge, situated in a clearing, provides a fine view of Camel’s Hump. This fine and comfortable cabin, built of stone and stucco to discourage porcupines, was erected in 1928 by the Burlington Section of the GMC. It has a good stove and bunks for 12 or more hikers. [G8 8th Edition 1930] It was abandoned after trail relocation because of Bolton Valley Ski Area.
The Pond is one of great beauty, full of trout; and with three camps at the inlet or south end, one of which is open for all comers, and provided with beds and bedding, stove, and utensils. Be very careful of fire, and to leave it neat and clean. It is not a GMC camp. There are boats on Bourne Pond but none on Stratton.
It was located probably less than 1/2 miles from the present shelter. Blowdown Camp is also mentioned in O’Kane which may be another name for Boyce Lodge. Erected in 1925–26, built of unpeeled logs, open front with bunks for 12 or 15 persons, stove and simple cooking utensils, good water.
This log structure was built in 1941 by the LT Patrol for the Lake Pleiad Section. It has bunk space for 6 to 8. Water the brook 75 ft. south on the LT.
This frame shelter, with space for 8, was built by the US Forest Service in 1963. Water, not always reliable, is from a small brook 200 ft. north via the LT. It has been used from 1963 to present.
This was one of three log lean-to shelters built with funds provided by Miss Emily Proctor, in 1913. The other two are Birch Glen, and another south of Mount Horrid. It was probably one of the first official LT shelters specifically built to accommodate LT hikers
A log structure built by the Lake Pleiad Section in 1931 has bunks for about 10. Brook water adjacent. In use from 1931 to 1960 when the Emily Proctor Shelter was constructed. The 29-year-old shelter was taken. down.
This frame structure was built by the LT Patrol in 1955. There were bunks for 8. It was used from 1955 to 1984 when it was removed.
This lodge, built by the Manchester Section in 1933; very comfortable lodge on a small brook and with bunks for 12. The lodge has proved popular with trail travelers, one man liking it so well that he made it his summer home, acting as voluntary caretaker.
The Bromley Shelter project was first conceived in late 1999 as a replacement for the former Mad Tom Notch Shelter and as an alternative to the Bromley Tenting Area, which was too near the road and also directly on the banks of Bromley Brook. The last two years have been spent searching for a site, laying flag lines, and seeking approval from U.S. Forest Service planners and botanists. The design concept for the shelter itself was based on similar structures further south on the Appalachian Trail built and designed by the Nantahala Hiking Club. Marge Fish worked with Erik and Laurel Tobiason, veteran shelter builders, through the winter to draw plans for a post-and-beam shelter with a roof overhanging a cooking table and benches. Their design received final approval by the trail management committee in the spring of 2003. The shelter features a cooking and seating area protected from the elements, yet retains lean-to characteristics. In addition, the overnight site has three tent platforms and an accessible composting privy.
Two tent platforms are located here. A communal fireplace and outhouse are located here. It is the former site of Bromley Camp which was removed in 1984. In use from 1985 to present.
In 1922, Eward Bryant purchased 10,000 acres, of clearcut land from the American Brass Company. An ardent preservationist and enthusiastic pioneer skier, Bryant ceased all lumbering, and drew up plans for a series of three cabins along Nebraska Valley Road: lower, middle and upper, all leading up to a ski area on top of the Mountain. Built between 1928 and 1930, The. cabins proved a popular destination for Bryant's friends and family, who would travel by carriage between them. Bryant allowed the Green Mountain Club to extend the Long Trail through his property and permitted us of the upper cabin which would eventually become known as "Bryant Cabin." The cabin was not open to Long Trail Hikers, and could only be used through "special arrangments" with Mr. Bryant.
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 not mentioned in the 22nd Edition of GB 1983.
This shelter was named for Prof. Roy O. Buchanan, founder of the Long Trail Patrol and for 36 years its leader. It was built in 1984 by the Burlington Section. It has an open front porch and enclosed bunk room with space for 16. Water is located 100 ft. to the north. It has been in use from 1984 to the present.
Crossing the highway (Rte. 140) the LT follows an old public road uphill for about 3/4 mile. Then proceeds a few minutes’ walk to this Club shelter with bunks for 20 to 24 persons. [O’Kane 1926] Built in 1922 having bunks for 12 and a stove. Brook water 30 ft. west. [GB 50th Anniversary Edition 1960 (16th)] Through the generosity of Mr. Merton C. Fisher of New Bedford. Mass., new roofing has been applied to this shelter. Early last summer Mr. Fisher visited the shelter and noticed that the paper roofing was badly torn. He wrote asking permission to have it fixed. Now Buffum shelter is in good condition again. We need more people like Mr. Fisher.