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Mills Along the River
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The Coops Go Up in Smoke
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The Last Whaler
Old Chimney Stacks
East Haddam in 1913
Ode to a River Town
Early East Haddam

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Town of East Haddam
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The New Pequot
The Real Bob Steele
Schemitzun!
Suburbia: The Good Life?
USS Nautilus
Working the Land

 

The Resorts That Put the Mood in Moodus
When Moodus Became a Hot Spot for Vacationers

In its heyday, during the 1940s and 1950s, Moodus was called the "Catskills of Connecticut."  During the summer season, people visiting the dozens of Moodus-area resorts quadrupled East Haddam's population to about 20,000 people. The resorts, boarding houses and camps of Moodus primarily attracted people from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and other parts of Connecticut. 

Many of the resorts evolved from farms in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when farm families took in first visiting relatives and friends,  and then strangers. All were attracted to the beautiful countryside of the Moodus area.

During its peak as a destination town, there were more than 30 resorts in Moodus. They generally specialized in one of three different groups of vacationers: Jewish, Christian and Hungarian.

Following is a list of Moodus and East Haddam resorts known to have operated through the years. Italicized listings indicate that the resort is still open for business, although sometimes in a radically different form than its original purpose. The list was compiled with the help of longtime Moodus resident Joe Pear.

Click on the below links for photographs and first-person histories of the old resorts.

Click here for a blog on Moodus history, including memories of the resorts.

NORTH MOODUS

Banner Lodge (Being rebuilt as Banner Country Club) | Read vacationers' stories
Grand View Hotel  (recently sold, no visible activity)) Read vacationers' stories
Holiday House
Mountain House
Orchard Mansion (now My Father's House) | Read vacationers' stories
Stein's
Stucco Cottages
Weiner's Hotel Read vacationers' stories
Zavodnick's

BASHAN LAKE

Emma Budka's
Julia Budka's
Demeter's
Kalat's
Kalista-Brozak's
Rest Farm
Scadia's
Shanaghan's
Turek's

TOWN STREET

Breslow's Read vacationers' stories
Leiber's Mansion
Anton and Frances Wolf's Boarding House (later Leiber's Mansion)
Charles Wolf's (now Wolf's Den Campground)

LEESVILLE

Cave Hill Camp (now Cave Hill Resort)
Donnellan's Riveredge | Read vacationers' stories
Echo Farm
Hill Top View (now 4-H Camp)
Klar Crest Resort Read vacationers' stories

River Edge
Ted HIlton's, (aka Elm Camp, Frank Davis, now Sunrise Resort) | Read vacationers' stories

OTHER AREAS

The Auster House (Falls Rd.)
Camp Sokol (East Haddam)
Camp Wopowog (East Hampton)
Samuel's (Hadlyme) 
Shadybrook Hotel (Plains Rd.)
Willow Manor (Rtes 149 & 151)

If you would like to share memories of your time spent at a Moodus resort, or if you have photographs of the old resorts, please click here to e-mail us.

OLD MOODUS CENTER
BACK IN THE DAY


From the Early 1900s
to Its Teardown

HISTORIC VIEWS OF
MOODUS RESORTS

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Ads & Flyers

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Banner Lodge


Camp Wopowog


Cave Hill


Ted Hilton's


Other Resorts

EARLY VIEWS OF
EAST HADDAM

Goodspeed, Gelston, Vistas, Travel & More

1913 BRIDGE
OPENING SOUVENIR

Celebrating a
River Crossing

 
 

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