Taylor Lodge with caretaker Steve Keough, 1972
Taylor Lodge with caretaker Steve Keough, 1972

This large cabin is named after James P. Taylor, founder of the GMC. It was built in 1951 by members of the Burlington Section under the direction of Prof. Buchanan and replaces a similar structure burned the previous winter. It has bunks for about 12 and floor space for more, water is permanent, though somewhat remote, being obtained from the brook, 0.2 mile down the lake Mansfield Trail. [GB 20th Edition 1971]

October 29, 1951. 74 hikers attended the dedication and cabin-shower part at the GMC’s Taylor Lodge. Arriving about midday, they had lunch and inspected the cabin. All agreed that it was fitting memorial to the memory of the founder, the late James P. Taylor. [LT News, Nov. 1951]

23 GMC followers braved the elements and took the long uphill climb to Taylor Lodge Sunday, February 1, for their second Oyster Stew supper. An advanced party packed in the makings of the supper. Water and firewood were brought in. Groups came in on snowshoes and skis. Although the weather was cold, the snow made it a pleasant trip in. Beverly Thorpe prepared the oyster stew supper. Pies were donated and the feast was excellent. The thermometer registered 8 degrees below when the group departed with flashlights in hand about 8. p.m. [LT News, May 1953]

July 2, 1973, our entire family was hiking over Mansfield and Bolton. We stayed at this lodge for the night. The children were especially good. Bobby fell out of the loft at Taylor in his sleep at 3 am. and got a couple of bruises. He took the window off its hinges. The lodge was about full, and we all got an early wake up. [Paul Woodward]

Taylor Lodge, destroyed once by fire, has burned again. The lodge, located at the east end of Nebraska Notch south of Mt. Mansfield, burned to the ground Sunday morning, Sept. 25, 1977. The fire was discovered by an unidentified hiker who notified personnel at the Lake Mansfield Trout Club, 1.5 miles away. The Stowe Fire Dept. was called in but arrived too late to save the building and could only prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby woods. Cause of the fire is unknown but GMC State Ranger-Naturalist Cecilia Elwert on Mt. Mansfield speculated that a fire in the stove at the lodge had been left untended. by a departing hiker, with an escaping spark or ember subsequently starting the blaze. It was insured and will be rebuilt. [LT News, Nov. 1977]