From the Archives, August 20, 2017

The Akers Tree Legend

As we’ve mentioned before, we have hours and hours of recorded interviews with Boxwell individuals. Indeed, we have so much recorded material, we are literally YEARS behind in getting it transcribed! As you can imagine, recorded interviews have some great stories.

This particular little gem passes on some information many of you might not be aware of about Ward Akers and the original tent platforms. Listen to Tom Willhite explain to Russell Parham how things worked “back in the day.”


Russ: This ties a little bit with Mr. Akers, but is it true that as they were bulldozing the path he was out there telling them what trees to miss? I mean, was he…

Tom: Ward Akers was a real fanatic about trees. He didn’t want any trees trimmed. He liked the overhang of trees into the road. It finally, it eventually got so bad that you couldn’t get a truck, a big semi up through there and they’d knock ‘em off. So, once he retired, we started trimming the trees on the road, some of ‘em, but we always kept the trees growing close up to the road cause that was what… it made the camp look real good. Eventually, we, when it was… when they built the camp, he would tell ‘em, don’t touch that tree! Don’t touch that tree! And we’d, they’d mark ‘em and they’d run the road there into the camp. And the campsites were the same way. When they brought the big old wooden platforms in, back in the early years of ’60, ’59 and ’60, they had to dodge trees and put ‘em in the woods, in the sites, heavy oak platforms is what they had originally.

Russ: Well, did he actually walk in front of bulldozers? I mean, I’ve heard that…

Tom: I’ve heard that story, yeah.

Russ: Okay.

Tom: And over the years, we replaced platforms many, many times and now, of course, all the platforms are the treated wood and last quite a bit longer. The original wood platforms that were put in were the oak, were number one stuff and they lasted a long, long time. Until the early ‘70s. Up in the ‘70s we were still using some of them, cause they were such quality wood. You can’t buy that kind of wood anymore, so we had to go to treated lumber.

From the Archives, August 13, 2017

Boat Harbor by Drone

We’ve entered a brave new world in terms of photography. Yes, digital photos, even cell photos, have been around for over a decade now. But over the last two summers a new beast has entered the fold–drone photos.

Aerial photos themselves are nothing new. We have aerial photos either by plane or helicopter going all the way back to the early 1970s. But drone photos are something new.

The STEM staff introduced drone photos in 2016, though we never saw any results. This photo came from Jacob Crawford on the Stahlman waterfront. Ed Mason asked him to come to the Boat Harbor for some aerial photos of the Harbor. This session is where the 2017 Boat Harbor Staff photo comes from as well.

Harbor drone

Aerial photo of the Boat Harbor by drone

News and Website Updates, August 2017

We have some site updates and Boxwell related news to pass on.

First, the news.  Reservation Director Carl Adkins has announced his retirement, effective December 31 of this year.  He will be a consultant for 2018 to help the transition for the new person, who has not yet been announced.  A new era is upon us!

Next, we’ve completed some site updates over the last few days.  Here are the changes:

2017 Staff Photos added.  Thanks to Meredith MaGuirk, Craig Carpenter, and Ed Mason for the photos.1996 Stahlman Staff Photo added.  Thanks to Alex Cox for submitting a “lost” photo!
Craig Updates:
Stahlman Updates:
Reservation Updates:

Staff Hats added for 2015-2017.  Thanks to Ed Mason for keeping tracking of these.
Staff Hat “Exhibit”:

There are more changes/updates coming this fall.