Tom - Staten Island-Bklyn

Albany, NY

#21 Sep 6, 2007
I used to vacation in (drum roll please) Mountain Manor (also gone now in place of a golf resort only). My memories of Mountain Lake House in the early 70's are quite vivid and kind. We played each other in softball and I always found myself in centerfield chasing after some pretty good shots you boys hit towards me. Anyway, as I remember each year was different (for about 3-4 years) as one year you had our number and the next year we had yours. Sorry to read about the loss. My heart goes out to all of you.
Pete C

Allentown, PA

#22 Oct 1, 2007
The following web site has quite a few photographs showing how the resort was vandalized around 2003 or 2004.
http://www.abandonedbutnotforgotten.com/mount...
Sally

Washington, DC

#23 Oct 1, 2007
I just decided to Google Mountain Lake Resort (House) to see whether it had a website now...I had no idea it was closed or had been vandalized. I'm really sad looking at the photos from the vandalism. That place WAS my childhood. We went there every summer for at least six or seven years, and I remember it very vividly. I looked forward to it every year. We always stayed in the Main House.

I took lots of photos. If I find any that show the actual resort well (and not just me and my friends in the pools) I'll scan them and post them online somewhere and post a link here. But I went in the late-80s to mid-90s, so I won't have photos from what sounds like its true heyday.
Pete McKenna

Buford, GA

#24 Oct 8, 2007
Pete C wrote:
You're probably right about the lack of pictures. I myself have none from the time period you remember. And interestingly, most of the comments and rememberences I read about are of that same time period - the 70s and 80s. I'm pretty old, and my memories of the place go back well before that time. Ha.
I used to rent a cottage from a Mrs. Huffman (she died about 1959 I think and I thought she was a wonderful lady--I can't remember her first name) who owned Huffman Store. The cottage that we rented from about 1947-1960 was on the lake and only about 500 yards from Mt. Lake House. If you get this message please let me know and I'll be happy to send a picture of Mt. Lake House and the tennis courts from about 1949.
Pete McKenna

Buford, GA

#25 Oct 8, 2007
I used to rent a cottage from a Mrs. Huffman (she died about 1959 I think and I thought she was a wonderful lady--I can't remember her first name) who owned Huffman Store. The cottage that we rented from about 1947-1960 was on the lake and only about 500 yards from Mt. Lake House. If you get this message please let me know and I'll be happy to send a picture of Mt. Lake House and the tennis courts from about 1949.
Pete C

Allentown, PA

#26 Oct 9, 2007
Wow, now we really are going back in time.

I think you may be talking about Edla Huffman, who died in 1961. She was married to my great Uncle, Norman Huffman (1877-1943). They owned the General Store in Marshalls Creek. Norman was also the postmaster in Marshalls Creek for 20 years.

Edlaís daughter, Mimi MacDonough, is still alive. Her husband Dick MacDonough ran the General Store for many years. Mimiís son Dave McDonough took over the store when Dick died. That store, by the way, was in continuous operation from 1832 until 2006, a period of 174 years! The store closed its doors last year for what everyone thought would be the last time. But surprisingly, this year Dave rented out the store and it has opened again under new management.

As a side note, Daveís father, Dick MacDonough was seriously injured in 1964 when a truck carrying 15 tons of dynamite exploded just a few miles north of Marshalls Creek on Rt. 209. He was a fireman and responded to a call for a truck fire early in the morning. The truck was not marked as carrying explosives. A Marshalls Creek Fire Company web page on the explosion can be found at: http://www.marshallscreekfireco.org/Explosion... .
Jennifer C

United States

#27 Oct 9, 2007
Pete C wrote:
Mt. Lake House was severely vandalized. One building, the dancehall, was burned down by vandals. All the other buildings were burned down on purpose in controlled burns by the Marshalls Creek Fire Co. The property is currently up for sale. There have been no takers so far. I'm as accurate a source of information as you will get on this matter. My grandparents started the resort in 1918.
Please tell me what they are asking for the place.
Jennifer C

United States

#28 Oct 9, 2007
please tell me what they are asking for the place.
Jennifer C

United States

#29 Oct 9, 2007
I went the every summer for 20 years. I will really miss it!
Pete C

Allentown, PA

#30 Oct 10, 2007
Good question, about the price being asked for the Mt. Lake property.

I have no first hand knowledge of what they are asking. However, I heard a rumor that it was 2.5 million. If that is true, itís an awfully high price for 100 acres of land up there. Far too high in my opinion.

Some years ago I believe they were asking 1.0 million for the resort when the buildings were still standing. Why would they ask 2.5 million now for vacant land? I donít know. My guess is that whatever they are asking it is too high, because the resort was on the market for 2 or 3 years when the buildings were still there, and it has been on the market for 1-1/2 years as vacant land. Thatís a long time to have no takers.
Michele Neats

Glen Cove, NY

#31 Oct 10, 2007
I am so happy I stumbled upon this. My parents met while working at Mountain Lake house. They have been married now for 36 years after meeting there. My grandparents still live up the road. My dad would be very interested to read all of this. I will have to pass it along to him. Thanks!

Since: Oct 07

bergenfield, nj

#32 Oct 10, 2007
Just a side note,
I am not from Florham Park as it states but
I do not know how to change that setting. I do live in New Jersey, but my mother grew up in Marhall's Creek.
Pete McKenna

Buford, GA

#33 Oct 11, 2007
Thanks Pete C for the info on Mrs. Huffman who had the General Store in the 50's and who rented our family the bungalow on the Lake from @1947 thru @1961.
I have all good memories of all those summers where we were only about 500 yards from Mt. Lake House down the gravel road in front of Mt. Lake in the direction of Oak Grove. Since we were not renting from Mt. Lake we couldn't use the pool etc. but we were allowed in the casino (that's what we called the snack bar). I remember when there was a horse corral on the side of the casino and I even remember the fire dog "Cappy" that I think belonged to Mt. Lake.
I knew the story about the heroic firemen that were killed/hurt in 1964. I think a Mr. Miller who managed or owned the gas station next to Huffman's store was killed then. We knew him as "Miller".
I remember our handyman "Frank Smith" (maybe you knew him--he lived up past Mt. Manor.
I remember so many fishing trips on the lake where we used to go down "the channel" almost to Oak Grove and catch pickeral and turtles and occassionally see "the big snapper" (about 100 lb. snapper (we never could catch him.
I even remember Walter who was the bartender of the tavern in back of Huffman's store where we played the Pin Ball Machines.
I knew Joel and Wayne Huffman in the late 50;s and early 60's and almost joined the Marines with Joel in Easton.
Anyway, I won't keep going on, but I wish I knew you back then. I have many many memories and stories.
Please let me know if you want any of my old pictures from late 40's early 50's in front of Mt. Lake House (I was a kid then--born in 1943.
I now live in Roswell, Ga.
Pete C

Allentown, PA

#34 Oct 12, 2007
Well Iíll be. Isnít that something.

Joel and Wayne are my cousin buddies, as well as Bobby Huffman who managed the resort from about 1972 to 1982. The 50s were Mt. Lakeís heyday and the four of us had loads of fun together back then. I see Bobby and his wife every couple of months and Wayne occasionally. Wayne still lives in the area. Joel and his other brother Randy live out West. I last saw them at their motherís funeral service in November 2005. Thatís right, Joel joined the Marines. Wayne joined the Navy and I went in the Army. I worked in the kitchen most of my years at Mt. Lake. I also worked in the snack bar around 1955.

Yup, Cappy was my Uncle Elwoodís dog. Elwood managed the resort in those days. He was a large man. Over 300 pounds.

I think the best thing we can do is this. I will give you my email address which is pete0217@rcn.com . My last name is Carron. My mother was Miriam Huffman. If you email me I can then give you contact information for Joel if you would like. Also, I will go through my photos from those days and send you some I think may interest you. They are all on slides so it will take me a while to scan and send them. And when you get a chance, I would be interested to see that photo you have of Mt. Lake & the tennis courts from 1949.
Mike Lisa from S Jersey

Sicklerville, NJ

#35 Oct 24, 2007
Hello , We just found this link from wikipedia and am sure glad we did. Could anyone tell us the relation MLH had to The Hideaway resort. My wife and I also checked out MLH starting in feb 2006 till present. I never new of a concrete barn either. Something to look for next time up. Also if anyone noticed in the pictures from abandonedbutnotforgotten the front of the main house just above the ac unit is missing the sign "MOUNTAIN LAKE HOUSE POCONOS MOST ACTIVE RESORT" and that sign was there april 06 so them pictures were very recent. Thanks for any info on the hideaway. Mike
Pete C

Allentown, PA

#36 Oct 25, 2007
There was no relationship between Mountain Lake House (when the Huffmans owned it) and any resort named the Hideaway or Hideout. I'm not sure why you asked about the Hideaway, but I did see a reference to the Hideout in the Wikipedia discussion forum.

Someone mentioned in Wikipedia that they saw items like tee shirts with the Hideout printed on them in the (then vandalized) gift shop at Mt. Lake in February 2006. The Hideout is a resort community at Lake Ariel in the Poconos. Why Hideout items would have been for sale in the Mt. Lake House gift shop, I don't know, but I will take a guess at one possible reason why.

After the Fardas bought the resort in 1982, they changed the name to Mt. Lake Resort. Mr. Farda owned a number of other businesses at the time, one of which was the Summit resort in Tannersville. It is also possible that Mr. Farda owned or had ties to the Hideout at the time. Thatís the best guess I can give. I am due to see my cousin Bob Huffman in several weeks and I will ask him if he knows anything about this at that time.
Mike Lisa from S Jersey

Sicklerville, NJ

#37 Oct 31, 2007
Hi, I am the one who left the comment on Wikipedia discussion forum about the hideout. I do have to say that I goofed when I called it hideout it was HIDEAWAY that we saw. In the gift shop were t-shirts,sweatshirts,and even a small fridge type magnet with the hideaway logo. Also on one of the mailers mountain lake house sent out the hideaway was listed under the " THINGS TO DO " column and it mentions it was a short 30 min drive from MLH. Well I hope this information helps and I would like to personally say thank you for taking the time to talk about MLH. Mike
The Hideaway

Allentown, PA

#38 Nov 5, 2007
According to Bob Huffman, the Hideaway items found in the vandalized gift shop at Mt. Lake probably refered to the Hideaway Hills golf resort in Kresgeville PA. It is owned by the same Mr. Farda that owned Mt. Lake House from 1982 to 2004.
Mike K

Media, PA

#39 Nov 6, 2007
My family visited MLH every summer since the mid 1950ís, my grandfather was close with the Huffmanís and played golf with (I donít remember his first name) regularly. I did not come along until 78. I remember so much from MLH, so many great memories. I know that my memories are mostly in the 80ís but does anyone remember Damien the magician. He was hoot. I was very happy to find this message board although it was bittersweet finding out what has happened to it. My mother who has gone there from the start was also very happy to see that people remember MLH. She knows a lot of information and has many photos.
Mike Lisa from S Jersey

Sicklerville, NJ

#40 Nov 6, 2007
The Hideaway wrote:
According to Bob Huffman, the Hideaway items found in the vandalized gift shop at Mt. Lake probably refered to the Hideaway Hills golf resort in Kresgeville PA. It is owned by the same Mr. Farda that owned Mt. Lake House from 1982 to 2004.
Yea that makes sense because it was on a 1999 mailer that I saw the name hideaway resort. I am sad to say that I never stayed at MLH and only found it after it was left abbandoned. I would love to see any other photos anyone may have in its hayday. Take care, Mike

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