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Renee Warner Renee Warner from Canandaigua, NY wrote on August 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm:
My parents, 2 sisters & I spent time @ grandparent' (Peterman)'s cabin on a wooded hillside. We enjoyed it so much & swimming in the lake. We were warned about the dreaded drop-off. This was in the late 40's - early 50's when time was slower. We got drinking water from a spring, light from akerosene lamp & experienced a privy. We were from a small town Attica, NY which no-one had heard of back then. Happy times for us @ H.L.
My parents, 2 sisters & I spent time @ grandparent' (Peterman)'s cabin on a wooded hillside. We enjoyed it so much & swimming in the lake. We were warned about the dreaded drop-off. This was in the late 40's - early 50's when time was slower. We got drinking water from a spring, light from akerosene lamp & experienced a privy. We were from a small town Attica, NY which no-one had heard of back then. Happy times for us @ H.L.
Tricia Akowicz Tricia Akowicz from Waltham, MA wrote on August 7, 2011 at 10:35 am:
My family and I used to vacation in Harvey's Lake every year. We rented a cottage right up the hill from the general store. What wonderful, wonderful memories...the lake, Hanson's Sandy Beach, Sandy Bottom, Joe's Grotto...it's so sad that it's no longer the same place it was...but I have some amazing lifetime memories!
My family and I used to vacation in Harvey's Lake every year. We rented a cottage right up the hill from the general store. What wonderful, wonderful memories...the lake, Hanson's Sandy Beach, Sandy Bottom, Joe's Grotto...it's so sad that it's no longer the same place it was...but I have some amazing lifetime memories!
Kim Killeri Kim Killeri from Philadelphia, PA wrote on July 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm:
This was a great site that I really enjoyed! My parents took us there when we were kids more than 30 years ago! We have relatives that lived in Luzerne County. I won a ring playing skee-ball that I still have and cherish. It was good times.
This was a great site that I really enjoyed! My parents took us there when we were kids more than 30 years ago! We have relatives that lived in Luzerne County. I won a ring playing skee-ball that I still have and cherish. It was good times.
Jim Curran Jim Curran from Manahawkin New Jersey wrote on June 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm:
Hello everyone. Isn't this a great website. Really brings back great memories. My Grandparents had a cottage on Carpenter Road. They lived in Wilkes Barre in the winter. The best memories of my life were at Harvey's Lake. We would spend the day swimming at Old Sandy Bottom beach and having cook outs over by the covered picnic tables. At night we would go to Hanson's. The cottage was in a great location since we could walk to Grotto pizza. I have driven there a few times just to check out the old cottage and get pizza from Grotto. I was hoping the Carousel from Hanson's would be brought back but I think it was sold. It had been operating in Kissimmee Florida at a small park called Old Town. I visited the site of Hanson's and walked the grounds. Not too much left. I stood in the old bumper... Read more
Hello everyone. Isn't this a great website. Really brings back great memories. My Grandparents had a cottage on Carpenter Road. They lived in Wilkes Barre in the winter. The best memories of my life were at Harvey's Lake. We would spend the day swimming at Old Sandy Bottom beach and having cook outs over by the covered picnic tables. At night we would go to Hanson's. The cottage was in a great location since we could walk to Grotto pizza. I have driven there a few times just to check out the old cottage and get pizza from Grotto. I was hoping the Carousel from Hanson's would be brought back but I think it was sold. It had been operating in Kissimmee Florida at a small park called Old Town. I visited the site of Hanson's and walked the grounds. Not too much left. I stood in the old bumper car building and had my picture taken. It's amazing that any of the buildings are still there after all this time. It would be nice to see public access to the lake increased. They have the boat launch but that is about it. The swimming area is now a private beach club. This summer I plan on staying at the Stone Hurst cottages. They are the only place left if you want to stay on the lake. From their website they look pretty nice. Thanks Joe for creating thid web site and giving us a place to remember a wonderful place.
Carol Fabbo Carol Fabbo from Belchertown, MA wrote on June 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm:
It was wonderful to read about everyone's memories of Harvey's Lake. I was born in 1944 and from the time I was 2 years old until I was about 13 I spent every summer at Ben Rood's campground. We had a very large tent (probably 20 x 20) and every year we built a wood kitchen next to it. We had an icebox and an iceman would deliver the ice twice a week. What a great childhood! All we had to do was walk down the hill and cross the road and we were at Sandy Beach. We spent many nights sitting on the benches at the drive-in. My very first job when I was 12 was running the kiddie rides there (they would never let a young person that age have that responsibity today). I also babysat for the family who owned Sandy Beach. After we paid to see... Read more
It was wonderful to read about everyone's memories of Harvey's Lake. I was born in 1944 and from the time I was 2 years old until I was about 13 I spent every summer at Ben Rood's campground. We had a very large tent (probably 20 x 20) and every year we built a wood kitchen next to it. We had an icebox and an iceman would deliver the ice twice a week. What a great childhood! All we had to do was walk down the hill and cross the road and we were at Sandy Beach. We spent many nights sitting on the benches at the drive-in. My very first job when I was 12 was running the kiddie rides there (they would never let a young person that age have that responsibity today). I also babysat for the family who owned Sandy Beach. After we paid to see the movies on the benches, the other nights we would all go on the hill and see it again without sound. I have great memories of Hanson Park and the dances there. The pizza was also great. We also had dances at the pavillian at Sandy Beach. I took a ride around the lake two years ago. It was wonderful to remember everything. I did find Rood Street and figured that was where the campground was. Sandy Bottom was also a favorite swimming place. It's a shame that the lake is so private now. Everyone should have a chance to swim there. Thanks for the memories! Carol Fabbo
Kay-Ann Eike-Coviello Kay-Ann Eike-Coviello from New Jersey wrote on June 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm:
I have commented before on this site.I go back to it once in a while, checking for any familiar names from my childhood spend at the Lake. One person I am looking for in particular, Patty Murphy, lived at the Lake year round. We were good friends, and penpals when the summers ended, but we lost touch. Patty, if you are out there, hope you connect on this site. I would love to know how you are doing and what life has brought you.
I have commented before on this site.I go back to it once in a while, checking for any familiar names from my childhood spend at the Lake. One person I am looking for in particular, Patty Murphy, lived at the Lake year round. We were good friends, and penpals when the summers ended, but we lost touch. Patty, if you are out there, hope you connect on this site. I would love to know how you are doing and what life has brought you.
Bob McNeil Bob McNeil from Cinti, Ohio wrote on June 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm:
This is the place we will always call home.Growing up at the Lake, with all the great people and fond memorys of a time when life was good ....
This is the place we will always call home.Growing up at the Lake, with all the great people and fond memorys of a time when life was good ....
MICHAELANGELO MULE MICHAELANGELO MULE from CLEVELAND OHIO wrote on May 31, 2011 at 6:28 pm:
GOING TO H.L.WHEN I WAS A KID GROWING UP IN PLAINS PA.LIFE WAS MUCH MORE SIMPLE PEOPLE WERE KINDER,GOING TO H.LAKE WAS A PIECE OF HEAVEN MICHAELANGELO MULE CLEVELAND OHIO
GOING TO H.L.WHEN I WAS A KID GROWING UP IN PLAINS PA.LIFE WAS MUCH MORE SIMPLE PEOPLE WERE KINDER,GOING TO H.LAKE WAS A PIECE OF HEAVEN MICHAELANGELO MULE CLEVELAND OHIO
Barbara dunleavy Barbara dunleavy from Philadelphia wrote on May 16, 2011 at 10:22 pm:
This place was my best childhood memories. The first roller coaster I ever went on, amazing! I loved the old time air plane ride my mom always took me on, scary but fun. The old carousel and catching the gold ring. With all my heart I wish this place would come back to life. Good times.
This place was my best childhood memories. The first roller coaster I ever went on, amazing! I loved the old time air plane ride my mom always took me on, scary but fun. The old carousel and catching the gold ring. With all my heart I wish this place would come back to life. Good times.
David M. Rosenstein David M. Rosenstein from Montgomery, Pa wrote on May 8, 2011 at 10:57 am:
I've seen a number of 'magic' places of charm over the years and I'd like to add Harvey's Lake to the list. Missing a turn in Dallas towards 118, I drove there by accident. The immense charm and historicity of Harvey's Lake immediately impressed itself upon me. Though I hurried to get back on route, I kept on thinking of how beautiful it was. I look forward to returning when I have more time.
I've seen a number of 'magic' places of charm over the years and I'd like to add Harvey's Lake to the list. Missing a turn in Dallas towards 118, I drove there by accident. The immense charm and historicity of Harvey's Lake immediately impressed itself upon me. Though I hurried to get back on route, I kept on thinking of how beautiful it was. I look forward to returning when I have more time.
Sharon Butchko Sharon Butchko from Rochester, NY wrote on March 15, 2011 at 9:27 am:
I remember going to a dance there, and The Four Seasons were playing live! They sang "Sherry Baby", and I felt they were singing to me! I was about 12 or 13, so it was a really big deal
I remember going to a dance there, and The Four Seasons were playing live! They sang "Sherry Baby", and I felt they were singing to me! I was about 12 or 13, so it was a really big deal
Scott Holdredge Scott Holdredge from Folsom Pa wrote on March 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm:
I live in Deleware County with wife and kids who all love to visit Grandparents and Havery,s Lake. I remember all the great time I spent there in the 1960's at Hansons Park. Also all the Parties when I got older. Great Site, And Good Luck, Thanks
I live in Deleware County with wife and kids who all love to visit Grandparents and Havery,s Lake. I remember all the great time I spent there in the 1960's at Hansons Park. Also all the Parties when I got older. Great Site, And Good Luck, Thanks
Grace Honeywell Kotcella Grace Honeywell Kotcella from Round Rock, TX 78681 wrote on February 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm:
I remember boat rides on the lake back in the 50's with my cousins and Uncle John Honeywell who worked at Hanson's park. I still cruise the lake with my sister everytime I am in Penna and eat at the Grotto.
I remember boat rides on the lake back in the 50's with my cousins and Uncle John Honeywell who worked at Hanson's park. I still cruise the lake with my sister everytime I am in Penna and eat at the Grotto.
Phil Dress Phil Dress from Macungie Pa. wrote on February 10, 2011 at 1:02 am:
what a great website.I spent my entire summers from about age 8 to 16, camping with friends at Ben Roods campground at Sandy Beach.We fished, swam,rode bikes around the lake and enjoyed the drive-in movies from the hill next to the Martha Wash. Later,my kids learned to water-ski there. We launched at Mayers grove . Still return on occasion to have pizza at the grotto.What a great place!
what a great website.I spent my entire summers from about age 8 to 16, camping with friends at Ben Roods campground at Sandy Beach.We fished, swam,rode bikes around the lake and enjoyed the drive-in movies from the hill next to the Martha Wash. Later,my kids learned to water-ski there. We launched at Mayers grove . Still return on occasion to have pizza at the grotto.What a great place!
Edward Grosek Edward Grosek from Sweet Valley, Pa. wrote on February 6, 2011 at 1:58 pm:
Our family had several homes at the lake over the years from 1931 thru the 1980's. The last one's at pole 285 and 286. My father made his own water ski's and was the first one to ski on the lake behind my grandfathers 30's Barrel Back Chris Craft. I still have both pairs of his home made 8 foot long water ski's that he built in our lumber mill in Plains, Grosek and Sons Consturction. I grew up spending summers at the lake and learned to ski in 1959 at 8 yrs old on those huge ski's. What great times we had!
Our family had several homes at the lake over the years from 1931 thru the 1980's. The last one's at pole 285 and 286. My father made his own water ski's and was the first one to ski on the lake behind my grandfathers 30's Barrel Back Chris Craft. I still have both pairs of his home made 8 foot long water ski's that he built in our lumber mill in Plains, Grosek and Sons Consturction. I grew up spending summers at the lake and learned to ski in 1959 at 8 yrs old on those huge ski's. What great times we had!
Nicole Sapp Nicole Sapp from Georgia wrote on January 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm:
Great Pictures on website. I was wondering if you knew anyplace will pay for pictures for postcards.
Great Pictures on website. I was wondering if you knew anyplace will pay for pictures for postcards.
Dee Knerr Dee Knerr from Catasauqua, PA wrote on January 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm:
I grew up coming to Harvey's lake for a week once a year when I was young. My brother and I went to Hanson's park and even to the dances. We saw Gary US Bond and Chubby Checkers there. It was so great. Really miss it and wish the park was back. I have relatives who live close to the lake and at least once a year my family and I will take a ride around it.
I grew up coming to Harvey's lake for a week once a year when I was young. My brother and I went to Hanson's park and even to the dances. We saw Gary US Bond and Chubby Checkers there. It was so great. Really miss it and wish the park was back. I have relatives who live close to the lake and at least once a year my family and I will take a ride around it.
Jake Sholtis Jake Sholtis from Loyalville wrote on December 31, 2010 at 1:01 am:
Extremely interesting. A true credit to a wonderful area.
Extremely interesting. A true credit to a wonderful area.
louise e edwards louise e edwards from sweet valley pa wrote on December 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm:
We are so grateful for curious, talented men like Charles and his son Matthew who collect and organize history, presenting it for everyone to share.
We are so grateful for curious, talented men like Charles and his son Matthew who collect and organize history, presenting it for everyone to share.
CHARLES A WORKMAN JR CHARLES A WORKMAN JR from WILKES BARRE,PA wrote on December 16, 2010 at 11:56 pm:
i ENJOY THE MANY TRIPS TO HARVEYS LAKE ,BOATING ,FISHING ,CAMPING ,ITS JUST A SERINE AREA TO LET THE WINDS ,THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL THAT SURROUNDS YOU ,WITHIN THAT VALLEY OF HILLS ,TO FREE YOUR SOUL. RELAXING..!!!
i ENJOY THE MANY TRIPS TO HARVEYS LAKE ,BOATING ,FISHING ,CAMPING ,ITS JUST A SERINE AREA TO LET THE WINDS ,THE BEAUTY OF IT ALL THAT SURROUNDS YOU ,WITHIN THAT VALLEY OF HILLS ,TO FREE YOUR SOUL. RELAXING..!!!