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TED HILTON'S

Ted Hilton drove a taxi for a living in the 1930s. After taking groups of people from Hartford to resorts in Moodus, he decided that he wanted to run his own country resort. So he bought Elm Camp and over the years developed one of the town's top resorts, on the banks of the Salmon River.

After several ownership changes, the resort changed its name to Sunrise Resort. The 2008 season will be the last year of operation for the venerable resort. After 92 years as a quintessential Moodus resort, the Johnson family announced a pending sale to the state, with plans to tear down many of the buildings and and reconfigure the scenic 146-acre property as a state park and campgrounds. Read the Hartford Courant story on the resort's closing.

Hiltons Smogasbord.jpg (112177 bytes) A highlight of any visit -- the all-you-can-eat Smorgasbord in the 1950s. This classic brochure for Ted Hilton's was produced during the 1950s, a peak period of popularity for Moodus Resorts. Hilton's was one of the two biggest resorts in town and this brochure is a great tour of a quintessential Moodus vacation experience.
Click to see the brochure
Hiltons Paradise Beach 1945.jpg (85467 bytes) The springboard at Paradise Beach,  1945 Hiltons Campers at Play.jpg (116461 bytes) Campers at play, 1950s.
Hiltrons Cabin Interior 1951.jpg (135349 bytes) A cabin interior, 1951. Hiltons Pool LA.jpg (94970 bytes) The popular Olympic pool.
Hiltons Canoing 1961.jpg (117094 bytes) A gorgeous shot of canoeing on Salmon River, 1961 Hiltons canoes 1949.jpg (81782 bytes) The canoe flotilla in 1949.
Hiltons Pool Loungers.jpg (137298 bytes) A 1963 postcard featuring the pool and guests. Hiltons pool side 1970.jpg (39773 bytes) Yet another postcard featuring the pool, 1970.
Hiltons hay 1950.jpg (74877 bytes) Working the hayfield in 1950. Hiltons-dance-1962.jpg (61906 bytes) A 1962 dance with a Western theme.
Hiltons Water Cyclist 1956.jpg (129471 bytes) Model on a water cycle, 1956. Hiltons Surfer Girl 1960.jpg (31674 bytes) 1960 surfer girl
Ted Hilton was ubiquitous at his resort. He's shown here at a weekly barbeque on the Salmon River bank Burros were part of the entertainment in the 1950s. Elsie and Ted Hilton are behind the burro on the right

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Banner Lodge


Camp Wopowog


Cave Hill


Ted Hilton's


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OPENING SOUVENIR

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