Monday, March 18, 2013

The Grove

Grove Guide House and Barn

Henry Austin continued to operate the Long Lake Hotel for quite a few years. One day his son, David, approached him with an idea. He wanted to open his own tourist house. 
Henry thought for a moment and then replied, “You know, you would be in direct competition to me, don’t you?”
“Yes, dad, but in a smaller way. Besides, there are so many people coming here now, that you turn people away every night.”
“Where will you build it?”
“Down in the grove. That way I’ll catch people coming in from the south.
“Sounds like a good plan, son.” David went on to build and open the boarding house, which 

was filled up every night. He called it The Grove. He catered to sportsmen and worked with 

guides such as John and Jerry Plumley, Amos Hough, Henry Stanton, the Robinson men, 
Sabattis men, Reuben Cary, and Alonzo Wood.

Friday, March 1, 2013

All is not as it seems for Betsey Sargent

          The following week, James began cutting down trees making way for a garden in order to get the crops in before summer. It would be tricky just like in Vermont. Planting too early could mean a late May frost, but setting seeds too late may not allow for a long enough growing season. That afternoon, Betsey prepared venison stew for dinner. The luscious smell of venison permeated the little cabin and Betsey hummed as she set the table. She was an adapter. Betsey had the mind to adjust to whatever came her way, and as she gazed out the window at the afternoon sun sprinkling diamonds on the blue lake waters, she thought, I am going to like this place, and she did until 5:30 PM, when James was still not home.