July 28, 2008

Lodging from Long Ago

Near the dam at Abbott Lake is this cabin that was the 1830's version of the Peaks of Otter Lodge. A National Park Service sign identifies it as:

Polly Woods' Ordinary
Built in the early 1800's, this simple mountain cabin was operated as an inn, or "ordinary", from about 1830 until about 1850. Here the widowed Polly Woods catered to the "ordinary" needs of the weary mountain traveler -- a hot meal, a comfortable bed, and a place to stable his horse. Originally located 150 yards to the west, the building was moved to its present site in 1964.

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