“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Campobello in Charlotte County, New Brunswick — The Canadian Atlantic

The Summer Colony

The Summer Colony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 18, 2009
1. The Summer Colony Marker
Inscription. Owners of the Campobello Company hoped to enhance their one million-dollar investment by subdividing their land and selling the smaller lots to hotel guests, island residents, and others. Only a few of the lots were actually sold and built upon. however, at least nine cottages were constructed between 1884 and 1902 on land purchased from the company. In addition, two existing homes were purchased and transformed into more elaborate summer homes. These summer residences became Campobello's summer colony.
The summer cottages had oil lamps and candles for lighting. A butcher's cart brought vegetables and meat three days a week and a dairyman delivered milk, cream, butter and eggs. Colonists went or sent to Eastport for fruit, vegetables, mail and newspapers - items not readily available on Campobello. Towels and bedding were collected weekly by the laundry wagon; housekeepers laundered personal clothing. Cottage owners brought their own staff with them and/or employed local workers. Drinking water either came from the hotels or was delivered weekly. Ice was available at the hotels or, in later years, from icehouses built by the cottage owners.
At least some summer residents developed close ties with Campobello families. FDR and his family enjoyed long-standing relationships with the Calders, Lanks, and others. Summer colonists also
Hubbard Cottage - one of the few remaining residences. image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 18, 2009
2. Hubbard Cottage - one of the few remaining residences.
took an active part in the community, donating funds for a library (still in existence) and raising money for a church hall.
Victorian-era resorts eventually experienced a decline in popularity. Families aged or lost interest in Campobello, maintenance costs and taxes increased, and cottage owners wanting to sell or rent their summer homes were unable to do so. Subsequently, several summer colony homes were torn down. Only the FDR, Hubbard, Prince, Wells-Shober, and Johnston cottages remain.
Location. 44° 52.598′ N, 66° 57.518′ W. Marker is in Campobello, New Brunswick, in Charlotte County. Marker can be reached from New Brunswick Route 774. Click for map. Marker is in Campobello International Park. Marker is in this post office area: Campobello, New Brunswick ESE 1A4, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James and Sara Roosevelt Cottage (here, next to this marker); Summer Activities (here, next to this marker); Campobello's Resort Hotels (here, next to this marker); President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (within shouting distance of this marker); Roosevelt Campobello Park (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Roosevelt Campobello International Park (approx. one kilometer away); Mulholland Point / La Pointe Mulholland (approx. one kilometer away); Passamaquoddy Tidal Power Project (approx. one kilometer away). Click for a list of all markers in Campobello.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 932 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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