Traditions

Three Mile Island—Yesterday and Today

In August of 1900, thirty adventurous souls from the Appalachian Mountain Club took advantage of a donation of land by the Eastman family, of Concord, New Hampshire, and set up camp on Three Mile Island, at the northern end of Lake Winnipesaukee.

As this is written, precisely 100 years later, Three Mile Island Camp seems untouched by time, a place apart from the modern world. And as longtime campers know, and new members of the Three Mile family quickly learn, that is exactly what it is.

Rosewell Bigelow Lawrence, who wrote an account of that first visit, would have no trouble recognizing the place. Three Mile remains a haven, insulated from the frenzied demands of day-to-day life, where the only obligation is to set one's own pace in an environment that is in close harmony with nature. At Three Mile Island, campers of all generations swim, canoe, sail, walk the island's tranquil paths or hike in nearby mountains—or simply sit on a porch, chatting or reading or engaging in quiet meditation.

Poetry

This page is dedicated to stories, anecdotes and articles submitted by Three Mile Island campers and croo. New material is always appreciated!

Articles

In 1983, Stroker Rogovin edited and published a wonderful collection of historical articles, remembrances and photographs called A History of Three Mile Island Camp. Stroker has given us permission to post occasional excerpts from his book here on the website, including some of those listed here.

Lake Winnipesaukee: A Trip Back in Time

Willem Lange, the host of New Hampshire Public Television's Windows to the Wild, brought a crew to Three Mile Island in July to film an episode of his popular series. Far more than visually capturing the TMI experience, he also wrote down his observations in his syndicated newspaper column A Yankee Notebook. The following article was published in the papers that carry him on July 15. It is reprinted here with Will's kind permission. Please visit his web site, http://willemlange.com, to read his other columns and check for the eventual broadcast date for his Three Mile Island visit.

A YANKEE NOTEBOOK NUMBER 1616
July 9, 2012 For week of 7/8/12

LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE: A TRIP BACK IN TIME

Recently Added Photos

We have some photos from the summer of 2011:

We always want more photos. See the instructions on the home page of our photo gallery.

These photos are older, but recently added to the web site:

  • Fall Work Week September 12–17, 2010, featured a roofing project, an outhouse renovation, and some Fall scenery.
  • Closing Weekend from 2010. This year's closing weekend is just around the corner.

Update: See the recently added Croo photos from 1981 (and the 1981 Breezy renovation) and 1992.

Another Eagle Update

The latest report from Chris Martin (Senior Biologist, New Hampshire Audubon) has some sad news. Here is an excerpt from his August 5 report.

Update: See below for some of the details Chris promised in his August 5 report.

BREAKING NEWS: While I was composing the message below, I received a report from Tony Tur (USFWS) that the VINS Raptor Center in Norwich, VT has received the carcass of black A/S (PTT 79606), the 1-yr old from the Blueberry Island nest whose transmitter mysteriously stopped functioning at the end of December when the bird was in northern NJ. According to available info, it was seen alive in late July in the vicinity of Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT, but was dead when turned in to VINS. More details as they become available.

[Chris reports on the travels of PTT 79607, another eagle born in 2011 in NH.]

Square Dancing...Preserving a TMI Tradition

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History Lessons from Former Callers

by Heidi Barker
December 2005

Editor's Note: During a 2005 Square Dance, discussion among campers turned to the days of the "Ern" aka Ernie Sackett, who spent many a days refining the tradition of square dancing at TMI and also worked hard to carry on the tradition through the music! Long-time TMI'er and musical extraordinaire Bill Davis volunteered to preserve Ernie's tapes through a more advanced technology, which is currently being completed. As a result of this process, Ernie got in touch with Ted Barker, who also played a role in the TMI square dancing history to fill in some of the early days.

The following is a recount from two former callers! Possibly there are other stories to share...what can you remember from your Square Dancing nights at TMI?