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"The Glen Echo Hotel is at the foot of today's Glen Echo Road. Parts of the  original hotel were structurally condemned and were torn down - particularly the bowling alleys. It was built circa. 1900 on the Suncook River about midway between Crystal Lake and the dam and north of the present ball park. It contained 35 rooms."

"The Glen Echo Farm was built by Fred H. ("Pop") Terrell circa 1900.  It was the center of activity for the younger set in the Iron Works who gathered there to bowl and to dance. At the turn of the century it included the only telephone for lake residents that was closer than the Iron Works Village. In the first decade of the 1900s it was a recreational camp for boarders. It included its own ballpark, playground, pool tables and bowling alleys. Pop Terrell raised chickens, had a slaughter house. (and according to some rumors, had a whiskey still!) Some of the 'nice' families of the area flatly forbade their teenage daughters, or daughter's friends entrusted to their care, from ever visiting Glen Echo, or taling with Pop Terrell (Source; Virginia Reece, 8/94) Later the farm was renamed Glen Echo Lodge. A visitor would be provided "Board and Room, Home Dooking, Cottages for Summer Rental and All Modern Conveniences".  Later in the early 1900s it was a Christian Science Camp and still later it was run as a children's (boys and girls) camp, but it never prospered as such."  

In 1957 due to declining conditions and the sale of the property the following steps were undertaken:

- demolish the north and south porches

- demolish the dining hall southeast of the the south porch

- demolish the bowling alleys south of the south porch

- build a masonry foundation to overcome the settling of the entire house

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"The original property is described as having 35 rooms. This must have included the staff quarters and the function rooms. Even today it's a huge family house with six good sized bedrooms on the second floor (no baths), and three more on the third floor plus a fourth that has been converted to a bath with shower. The bedroom doors still bear the original brass numbers, #1 through #11, attached earlier in the century.
Before the lake level was raised to its present height, the draining each fall left quite a bit of rubble exposed. It was easy to find whole bottles and other antiques on the bottom. Included were several bowling balls.
In 1991, the house, owned by Briggs W. Buchanan, was fully restored."
Text is from the book Gilmanton - My home Town - The Memoirs of Louise Place Shurbert - published and copyrighted in 2005 by the Gimanton Historical Society
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"Fred H. (Pop) Turrell built Echo Farm circa 1900. He was quite a local character. This is probably him to the far left.

1909 - "Am staying here at Glen Echo for a week or two...."


Crystal Lake and Manning Lake are located in the foothills of the Belknap Mountains in beautiful Gilmanton Iron Works

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