Marion’s Camp Goddard Lodge Re-roofed
The Town of Sutton recently re-roofed Goddard Lodge at Marion’s Camp to prevent any further major deterioration to the structure while the remaining necessary funding is acquired to undertake a full renovation. Recent donations from numerous previous campersas well as a generous anonymous $150,000 donation paid for the project.
The Town acquired the Camp in 1989 after nearly 60 years of use as a Camp Fire overnight and day camp beginning back in 1928 when Mrs. Harry Goddard purchased the property and donated it to the Worcester Camp Fire Girls as the new site for the program that was previously located on one of two Goddard family farmsin Auburn, MA.
Generations of young women, and young men starting in the 1970s, from all over Worcester County attended both overnight and day camp at the facility. The Town has been fortunate to have gathered many of these memories and mementos for future use and display on the property.
The Camp is named after the Goddard’s youngest daughter, Marion, who died in her early 20s. Marion and her sister Eleanor were cousins to Dr. Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, and Goddard Lodge was actually moved from theWard/Goddard farm where Dr. Goddard conducted his early rocket flights to Marion’s Camp for the 1929 camp season.
In 2007 with a $100,000 earmark secured with the assistance of then State Representative Jen Callahan, the Town began plans for renovation of Marion’s Camp in earnest. Since 2007 the Town has acquired $245,000 in State funding and paired it with$170,000 in local funding to accomplish a number of major initiatives identified by residents during the Marion’s Camp Master Plan process that took place in 2008.
Accomplishments include demolition of numerous dilapidated structures, survey and engineering design and construction of a tiered parking lot and ADA accessible beach access and canoe portage, a new beach storage shed, clearing and seeding of a 3 acre multi-use field, bringing electric service back to the site, construction of a pavilion in the field through a partnership with Blackstone Valley Technical High School, re-roof the Winter House, fabrication and installation of new signage including the first of several planned permanent memory boardsand architectural design for future renovations to Goddard Lodge.
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