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.”
HistoriCorps is committed to educating and training volunteers in preservation skills, with an overarching mission of inspiring a preservation ethic in all those involved. Learning and working alongside expert HistoriCorps field staff, volunteers will learn the traditional skills necessary to restore the roof of the historic Main Lodge. The roof is not particularly high, and it has a low pitch, making this a great project to practice your wood shingling skills. And of course, the view is always better from up top!
LEVEL OF PROJECT DIFFICULTY:
SCOPE OF WORK:
- Remove deteriorated roofing: 20%
- Re-roof Main Lodge with traditional cedar shakes: 75%
- Repair and maintain miscellaneous building elements: 5%
PARTNER: Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Service, Job Corps, and Northland College
DATES: June 27 – July 2, and July 14-20
CAMPSITE ACCESS: * Shower availability may change pending Covid restrictions
This project is accessible for tent campers and those with truck campers. There are very limited locations for those with a larger vehicle; please contact us for help/information.