Camp Emeritus (Wiley Lodge 2) at the Girl Scout Roundup 1962, Button Bay State Park

Camp Emeritus (Wiley Lodge) at the Girl Scout Roundup, Button Bay State Park, 1962

Early in 1962 the Girl Scout Roundup Committee suggested to the Burlington Section that the Club build a Pioneer Cabin as an exhibit for the Button Bay Roundup. The Section decided to build a typical Long Trail Cabin. The cabin would be a 12′ x 14′ structure with double bunks in each rear caner which would sleep a total of 8 persons. Between the bunks is a table 2 1/2 feet wide with a seat on each side which is really an extension of the bottom bunks. The front of the camp was standing room with only a stove to get in the way. Window openings were on all sides with wooden shutters. The price of the logs was going to be $220 per thousand feet until the committee found a sawmill who would cut thick slabs which could be debarked by the ladies for only $75 per thousand feet. Now, as Camp Emeritus. is waiting patiently at Button Bay until its builders recover from their ski fever, when they will move it to some favorable location on the Long Trail where it can spend its declining years in peace if not in plenty. Thanks go out to the Burlington Section for their hard work of building a Long Trail Cabin right in the Village Green at Button Bay for the Girl Scout Roundup. [Roy Buchanan, LT News, Feb. 1963]

Wiley Lodge, 1971

Originally constructed as a GMC exhibit at the. Button Bay Girl Scout Roundup in 1962, it was reassembled at its present site by the LT Patrol in 1964. Named for William O. Wiley of the NY Section, who furnished funds for the original Wiley Lodge (once Buchanan Lodge), this frame cabin has bunks for 10 to 12. An adjacent small brook furnished water. A GMC Caretaker was in residence during the hiking season and a fee is charged for overnight use. It was in use from 1964 to 1989. [GB 23rd Edition 19851

The Patrol gang started work on June 15, 1964. 60 man loads of material including 12′ and 14′ lumber was packed in. Don Wallace led the backpackers while Roy Buchanan watched as he found watching much easier. The lodge was completed. except for the stove on July 13, 1964. [LT News, August. 1964]

On Nov 2, 1989, two employees of the State Forest. Parks and Recreation Dept. discovered the burning remains. It is suspected that the fire was caused by an illegally installed wood stove. [LT News, Feb. 1990]

State Trooper Anthony Bombardier Investigates the Remains of Wiley Lodge
State Trooper Anthony Bombardier Investigates the Remains of Wiley Lodge
State Trooper Timothy Bombardier investigates the remains of Wiley Lodge. The outline of the foundation is barely discernible among the fall leaves.
State Trooper Timothy Bombardier investigates the remains of Wiley Lodge. The outline of the foundation is barely discernible among the fall leaves.