Lake Ariel in Wayne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Watres Lodge / The Boat House
The grand old lodge, built in the “Adirondack Great Camp” style of architecture, was erected in 1903, by local farmers and craftsmen hired by then congressman and coal mine operator William Connell. It was constructed of local oak wood which was used for trim and architectural features. For the interior walls, floors and ceilings, as well as the exterior shingles, Connell had Tennessee yellow pine shipped north by railroad. And, the interior work is all “virgin” pine, which means it is entirely knot free! The support structure and foundation is all native stone – some of it glacial deposited.
The Lodge features such classis historic architecture as 13 gables, a separation of maids quarters from the main rooms, a kitchen cooling breezeway, large wooden pantry with oak china closets, and an exterior dining porch. The house also boasted such rare luxuries as gas lighting throughout, steam heat, a walk-in cooling box made of American Chestnut wood, and gravity fed water serving the 3 bath rooms and kitchen. The lodge has two fireplaces, a main parlor, huge dining room, 9 bedrooms, dual stairways
Connell Park and the lodge were sold to Col. Louis Watres in 1912, as the first of the properties he obtained in assembling the land he would require to build Lake Wallenpaupack. The lodge is used today for conferences, environmental classes and lectures, and houses visiting scientists and researchers. In 1986 it was renamed “Watres Lodge” in honor of Arthur Watres, grandson of the Colonel and benefactor of Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation. The lodge and all surrounding property was gifted by the family to Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation – a non profit volunteer organization, in 1966.
The Boat House
The Boat House used to sit down next to the small filled in land areas that protrudes into Lake Lacawac (current dry dock). It housed the family’s row boats and fishing gear and for a while housed a small wooden steam boat that was enjoyed by the Congressman himself while on the lake. The boat house came down prior to 1948, after being neglected during the war years. Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation does not plan to replace the structure
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
Location. 41° 22.738′ N, 75° 17.488′ W. Marker is in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, in Wayne County. Marker is on Sanctuary Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lake Ariel PA 18436, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coachman’s Cottage / The Spring House (a few steps from this marker); The Ice House / The Woodshed (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Historic Connell Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Deagan Chimes (within shouting distance of this marker); Connell Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Lake Lacawac (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Louis Arthur Watres (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lacawac Sanctuary (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Ariel.
Also see . . . . “Lacawac Sanctuary is dedicated to inspiring lifelong connections to nature and shaping the next generation of scientists and earth stewards through research, education, preservation.” (Submitted on January 22, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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