Flip through our new 2021 Camp Wandawega Lookbook
2021 / 1940 – Views of the old lodge building.
A lot of things have changed over the years, not many of them within these walls.
This used to be the “Wandawega Hotel” Dining Hall, a gathering place for the hotel guests. It was a common amenity for lake resorts of the time…except for one thing you can’t see (on the other side of this room).
If you walk through this room to the bar behind it…then past the “PRIVATE” sign in the (now) sunporch bedroom…there is a trap door in the floor that leads down to the old rathskeller where Madame Anna Beckford Peck offered slot machines, girls and liquor during Prohibition, and beyond.
It’s now used as our camp store “pull, pack, & ship” room. This is a longwinded way of explaining what our inspiration has been for all the products in our little tourist souvenir shop. We like to think of every product as a story, one that helps you time travel. We try to bring back souvenirs that aren’t made anymore. And collaborate with historic brands. But mostly, we try to think of what could have been sold in a Wandawega souvenir shop 50, 60, or 95 years ago.
This morning we’re sharing our new camp store lookbook, full of all the little stories we’ve been collecting and stockpiling in the room in the back. Where our whiskey decanters and poker decks are out in broad daylight.
To download or peruse the lookbook visit: WandawegaCampstore.com
To learn more about our mission of preservation, visit: WandawegaHistory.org