The Lotta Fun Lodge
As difficult as it may be to believe, by most measurable standards, Camp Boxwell at the Narrows of the Harpeth had better facilities than the Rock Island Boxwell that followed it. Seen here is the craft lodge–known as the “Lotta Fun Lodge”–at the Narrows of the Harpeth, sometime after 1941. If you think this is building is really large for a craft shop, you’re right. It used to be the dining hall.
O. E. Brandon, a staff member at the Narrows from 1938 to 1940, described the original dining hall this way: “The dining hall was about 40 feet by 80 feet with a first floor covered with saw dust, but was strongly constructed from rough-sawed lumber. The kitchen was built on to the dining hall, and I believe also had a dirt floor. In the portion of the building used as a kitchen there was a large storage closet and a large walk-in ice box. The stove was mainly heated by coal… The outside of the dining hall was covered with boards flat on one side and back on the other up to about five feet from the ground. The area above the wood was screen, but could not be closed.”
In 1940, the Council launched what could best be described as its first capital campaign. One of the results of this drive was a new dining hall with a concrete floor. The original dining hall became the craft lodge, which was the function the building was serving when this picture was taken in the 1940s.