Little Sebago Lake & Me

Little Sebago Lake, c1910
Source: My Personal Postcard Collection

This is mostly a photo montage of vintage pictures taken, mostly by my Aunt Barbara, during the summers I spent on Little Sebago Lake. My grandparents’ camp was off what today is called Cambell Shore Road and their cottage was in between the Wetherbees’ and Abrahamsons’, nestled high up in the trees at the end of the dead-end road.

Even though I’m in the pictures, I’ve tried to include ones that have enough background for you to enjoy life at the lake in the old days.

You can see how thick the trees really were. In the blackened area in the middle is where the stairs were up to the cottage.


Some Sunshine and Me on Those Stairs


Wetherbees’ Granddaughter (L) and Me, c1957

Here is a playmate I rarely saw because her family lived in the Midwest somewhere. However, the view of the lake behind us is gorgeous!

The guest cabin is in the background. I don’t really remember berries growing up here as I got older. Whenever I needed something to do, Aunt Barbara and Grandmother sent me down the stairs to collect enough blueberries for Grandmother to bake a fresh pie.


Visiting the Beach Across the Lake

We often visited the beach across the lake by boat. It was about a 15 minute ride over there. Occasionally, there were others enjoying the sand and view, but most of the time, we had it all to ourselves.

Mom and Grandmother especially loved sunbathing and floating around on inner tubes, like the one I’m enjoying in the first two pictures.


Wetherbees’ Camp

The Wetherbees were from the Midwest and only occasionally at the lake. I remember Mrs. Wetherbee, but not her husband. When they weren’t there, Aunt Barbara would take me for walks along the road and those stairs to wander through the bushes next door to the Wetherbee cottage. They had much flatter land down by the water’s edge and even had sandy beach, which was great fun to play in.


Mom

You can see my grandparents’ cottage in the upper right corner. Mom would bring me down to the water to play in the sand. Those couple of feet to her right was the sum total of the camp beach. That’s why the Wetherbees’ beach was so much fun!


Mom and Me, Going for a Row

My grandparents did own a rowboat, which looks to be in good condition in this photo, taken c1956. However, only the motor boat was stored for the winter. This boat was left out to the elements and eventually was quite corroded. The boat was also full of spider webs and there were snakes in the woods along the path from the stairs and the right turn path to where the rowboat sat. It wasn’t but a few years later when I refused to get in it anymore!


Mom, Sitting on a Rock in the Lake, Off the Beach


Mom, In Front of the Guest Cabin


Grandparents’ Camp

This is a good view of just how many trees were on the property. To the right is the guest cabin. You can’t see the main cottage in this picture. The buildings in the distance are the Wetherbees’ cottage and cabin.


View of the Cottage from the Lake

I am sure Aunt Barbara took this last picture. It looks like spring time and I’m guessing it might have been Memorial Day weekend when Grandmother & Grandfather went up to the lake to open up camp for the summer. A telltale sign is that there is no dock back in the water yet!

Hoe you enjoyed the pictures. I never get tired of looking at them because they represent very happy times!

 

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