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CAMP WOPOWOG

Camp Wopowog occupied 300 acres just over the Moodus border on the East Hampton banks of the Salmon River. An early 20-Century booklet calls Wopowog "The Resort of a Thousand New Experiences," claiming that "here every prospect pleases, and no one puts on style."

Wopowog was by all accounts the most rustic of the Moodus-area resorts. The simple nature of a Wopowog vacation was a key element in its advertising -- "All the charms of old pioneer days without any of its hardships and with many additional attractions," was how one promotional flyer put it. Accommodating about 400 people in its cabins and tents, Wopowog featured athletics and the "healthful" countryside, "rich in wildwood charm." The main natural attraction was the Salmon River, just a few steps from the cabins, which offered water "recreating" and "intoxicating views of surroundings."

Many of these photos were supplied by the Urban family, who found a treasure trove of Wopowog memorabilia in the attic of their grandparents, who vacationed at Camp Wopowog in the years prior to World War I.

Wopowog Greetings 1910.jpg (169325 bytes) Wopowog postcard, 1910. Wopowog Developing an Appetite.jpg (141239 bytes) Developing an appetite.
Wopowog Band 1932.jpg (115437 bytes) Strike up the band, boys, early 1930s.
(Courtesy Merila family)
1930HugoMerilaCampWopowog.jpg (185462 bytes)

Enjoying the tranquil Salmon River, 1930s.
(Courtesy Merila family)

Wopowog Cabin 1908.jpg (162749 bytes) A typical cabin in 1908 was the ultimate rustic accommodation.  Wopowog High Dive 1937.jpg (99531 bytes) A nifty jackknife off the high dive in 1937.
Wopowog-Buildings.jpg (24990 bytes) A view of many of the buildings at Wopowog. Wopowog-Colony.jpg (23425 bytes) The section of the resort known as Wopowog Colony.
Wopowog-McFadden-Flats.jpg (18058 bytes) McFadden's Flats housing Wopowog-Meet-at-Fountain.jpg (23481 bytes) The shack known as The Fountain was a popular meeting place.
Wopowog-Strongs-Pavilion.jpg (23789 bytes) Strong's Pavilion at the river landing.  Wopowog-Tenting.jpg (31414 bytes) Tenting accommodations like these set Wopowog apart from other Moodus-area resorts. 
Wopowog-Field-Day.jpg (24071 bytes) Field day athletes. Wopowog-Mother-and-Pop.jpg (12448 bytes) This couple, identified as Mother and Pop, were most likely the proprietors of Wopowog.
Wopowog-Sweater-Letter.jpg (13826 bytes) Wopowog had its own sew-on letters for athletic event award winners.
Wopowog-Daily-Plunge.jpg (24121 bytes) River-based recreation was a big thing. Wopowog-Landing.jpg (28480 bytes) The landing at Salmon River.
Wopowog-Obstruction.jpg (21638 bytes) A brave couple pose on a rock known as The Obstruction with the Salmon River dam in the background. Wopowog-Small-Group.jpg (36528 bytes) Today's liability-sensitive environment would never allow a crowd like this to pose on the roof.
Wopowog-Brook.jpg (19632 bytes) A bucolic brook leading to the Salmon River. Wopowog-Moodus-View.jpg (28367 bytes) This early-fall view of a Moodus field was used for a postcard.
Wopowog-River-Path.jpg (20400 bytes) Here's how most Wopowog vacationers found their way to the river. Wopowog-Road-Bridge.jpg (21781 bytes) Another view of the path to the river, this one over a foot bridge.

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