Forest Lodge was built in the early 1900s by the Livingston family of St. Paul, MN, as a private getaway. The Adirondack-style camp boasts several buildings, many of which are in need of rehabilitation. Each year for the past seven, HistoriCorps has been invited to be a workforce for saving this place – and ensuring it can continue to serve generations to come. Tireless work by countless individuals has permitted this site to become an unmatched site for environmental education, preservation studies and experiences, and community gatherings. Forest Lodge holds a special place in many HistoriCorps volunteers’ hearts.
Northland College recently became the steward of the Forest Lodge campus. Learn more about Northland College’s educational and other programs at Forest Lodge here.
Project Supervisor Denis Moran, who has led the work at Forest Lodge for the past seven years, has this advice for volunteers: “Things to bring- eagerness to work together, acceptance of mosquitoes, a good appetite, sense of humor and a bathing suit.”
In 2020, volunteers and members of the Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps and Great Lakes Conservation Corps (a program of Superior Watershed Partnership) worked alongside expert field staff to restore several buildings at Forest Lodge. Volunteers learned the skills and techniques necessary to take on these projects:
- Repair wooden building elements on the Pumphouse
- Repoint stone masonry on a walkway
- Restore and reglaze several windows in the Boathouse and Gatehouse
- Re-roof a small cedar shake roof on the main house porch