Lake Minnewaska Mountain Houses
Photo of Ken and Sam


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 there.

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.

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