ABOUT THIS WEBSITE
My name is Sam Lewit and I worked at Lake Minnewaska in approximately
1976 and was there until Wildmere closed. I started working there
as a dishwasher, and soon became a maintenance mechanic. I did everything...
plumbing, electrical, painting, carpentry, road & trail grading
to name a few. My specialty was keeping the Cleaver-Brooks steam boiler
on the south end alive through the winter. I was involved in the early
stages of building Windsong (the Phillips' house overlooking the lake).
I always lived on the property. First in a room
over the dining room. I then moved to the dormitory
building next to Ken Jr.'s house. Finally we moved to a house
(still there) near Ski Minne. I have so many memories from Lake
Minnewaska. The people, the scenic beauty, the history, the tragedies.
I started this web site in 1997 after re-visiting Lake Minnewaska in 1995.
Walking around among the picnic tables and lawn where the Cliff House and
Wildmere were was extremely emotional for me. When I got home, I wrote a letter
to the State to offer my help in starting some sort of tribute, visitor center
or even just a plaque showing people that visit the area now what was once
It was after that visit when I decided to start a web site based on the
history of Lake Minnewaska. After being up for about a year, I found out that
Ken Phillips Jr had started a site, but due to his heavy work loads, has never really
been able to find time to get it running. So I suggested we combine the two
sites. And that is what we've done. He provides the vast knowledge of having
spent his entire life at Minnewaska. I work on the "nuts and bolts" of
running the site, and also the experience of having been an employee there.
If you have any ideas for improving the site, or you see or read something on
this site which is not correct regardless of how small an error, please contact us.
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