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Curtis Marsh Curtis Marsh from Kansas wrote on June 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm:
My family has made the Lake our summer home since 1910!! We will celebrate our 100th summer over the July 4th weekend. Harveys Lake is no less than a magic place for us.
My family has made the Lake our summer home since 1910!! We will celebrate our 100th summer over the July 4th weekend. Harveys Lake is no less than a magic place for us.
ESTHER NAYLOR ESTHER NAYLOR from SAYRE PA wrote on June 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm:
WAS THERE ON SATURDAY JUNE 19TH. FIRST TIME THERE AND I FOUND ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. WE RODE THE HARLEYS DOWN, WOULD LOVE TO RETRUN BEFORE SUMMER IS OVER.
WAS THERE ON SATURDAY JUNE 19TH. FIRST TIME THERE AND I FOUND ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. WE RODE THE HARLEYS DOWN, WOULD LOVE TO RETRUN BEFORE SUMMER IS OVER.
DEREK DOMBACH DEREK DOMBACH from LEBANON, PA wrote on June 22, 2010 at 11:13 am:
ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!
ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!!
John Henry Curran John Henry Curran from Manahawkin, New Jersey wrote on June 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm:
Hello everyone. My parents had a cottage on Carpenter Road. Loved the pizza at Joe's Grotto. Taught my son how to fish off the bridge at Sunset. My Mom loved playing bingo there. I remember the arcade also. I rented a boat from the guy who had the scuba diving school on the lake. We spent our days at Old Sandy Bottom beach and nights at Hansons. My son visited the lake last summer. Old Sandy Bottom beach is there but now a private swim club. We walked the grounds of Hansons. What is left you ask ? The bumper car pavillion, rest rooms, The steel section of the roller coaster track where the train went under, Hansons Resturant, Bingo hall, Arcade, and the building over the water. All of these are deserted and falling apart. Very sad. I would love to see public access increased so the people of... Read more
Hello everyone. My parents had a cottage on Carpenter Road. Loved the pizza at Joe's Grotto. Taught my son how to fish off the bridge at Sunset. My Mom loved playing bingo there. I remember the arcade also. I rented a boat from the guy who had the scuba diving school on the lake. We spent our days at Old Sandy Bottom beach and nights at Hansons. My son visited the lake last summer. Old Sandy Bottom beach is there but now a private swim club. We walked the grounds of Hansons. What is left you ask ? The bumper car pavillion, rest rooms, The steel section of the roller coaster track where the train went under, Hansons Resturant, Bingo hall, Arcade, and the building over the water. All of these are deserted and falling apart. Very sad. I would love to see public access increased so the people of the Valley and surrounding areas could enjoy all the lake has to offer once again and create new memories.
Kevin Westra Kevin Westra from Mechanicsburg, Pa wrote on June 4, 2010 at 3:14 am:
Wonderful site. I have been going to Harveys Lake for nearly 50 years for our Rusnak family reunion. A family member had a cottage a block off the lake near Sandy Beach. I will never forget walking to Sandy Beach and Hansons as a child with my cousins the last Saturday in July every year. We still have the reunion every year at Sandy Beach as the family no longer has the cottage. However, my wife and I purchased Pole 85 in 2006 and are now regulars at the lake. The lake has become very "private" compared to the old days and I wish there was more beach area for those who just want to visit and enjoy the lake. Many of the old cottages are disappearing as they were built for the summer and difficult and costly to convert to efficient 4 season homes. We love the lake as... Read more
Wonderful site. I have been going to Harveys Lake for nearly 50 years for our Rusnak family reunion. A family member had a cottage a block off the lake near Sandy Beach. I will never forget walking to Sandy Beach and Hansons as a child with my cousins the last Saturday in July every year. We still have the reunion every year at Sandy Beach as the family no longer has the cottage. However, my wife and I purchased Pole 85 in 2006 and are now regulars at the lake. The lake has become very "private" compared to the old days and I wish there was more beach area for those who just want to visit and enjoy the lake. Many of the old cottages are disappearing as they were built for the summer and difficult and costly to convert to efficient 4 season homes. We love the lake as it is providing great memories for my children as it did for me.
Bill Williams Bill Williams from Perrysburg, Ohio wrote on June 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm:
Recollections of an 80yr old. As a boy pop would take us back to his roots. Grandpa Wm. Williams and brother Dan built two cottages up the Mountain(Primitive in nature, outhouse, kerosene lanterns, ice box and a walk down the mountain to fetch back pails of water from the spring below. Fondly recall Sunset,The Penny arcade, hot dogs and great french fries, Wordens, Carneys bar, Sam the Butcher, The Bowling Alley and the Picnic Grounds. We could sit on the porch and watch the riders on the mountain side of the Mowhawk riding club.Someone had a PA system down in the valley that constantly bellowed, BYE BYE Blackbird. The lake water was so cold but refreshing. Once rowed the boat for Uncle Dan as we trolled for that big lake trout he sought. Mom and Grams were Bingo addicts. The cottages are long gone now and haven't been back to... Read more
Recollections of an 80yr old. As a boy pop would take us back to his roots. Grandpa Wm. Williams and brother Dan built two cottages up the Mountain(Primitive in nature, outhouse, kerosene lanterns, ice box and a walk down the mountain to fetch back pails of water from the spring below. Fondly recall Sunset,The Penny arcade, hot dogs and great french fries, Wordens, Carneys bar, Sam the Butcher, The Bowling Alley and the Picnic Grounds. We could sit on the porch and watch the riders on the mountain side of the Mowhawk riding club.Someone had a PA system down in the valley that constantly bellowed, BYE BYE Blackbird. The lake water was so cold but refreshing. Once rowed the boat for Uncle Dan as we trolled for that big lake trout he sought. Mom and Grams were Bingo addicts. The cottages are long gone now and haven't been back to the Lake in Decades but it will remain in my mind as it once was during my youth.....Fantastic site Harveys Lake Org...Bill Williams
al, belinda, dane and skye deming al, belinda, dane and skye deming from carrie st wrote on May 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm:
Visiting friends. This locale has the very best of all possibilities a relaxing and gorgeous rural setting the nearness of great educational institutions and the best entertainment in the world. A wonderful niche in the present. We are looking forward to a return trip already.
Visiting friends. This locale has the very best of all possibilities a relaxing and gorgeous rural setting the nearness of great educational institutions and the best entertainment in the world. A wonderful niche in the present. We are looking forward to a return trip already.
Dave Mayer Dave Mayer from Millsboro DE wrote on May 25, 2010 at 1:55 am:
My Aunt, Helen Mayer Gibbs, passed away this month in GA. She was the last of my immediate family that was raised at the lake. The family home is now the public boat launch.
My Aunt, Helen Mayer Gibbs, passed away this month in GA. She was the last of my immediate family that was raised at the lake. The family home is now the public boat launch.
Benjamin S.Davis III Benjamin S.Davis III from Sebring,Fl wrote on May 9, 2010 at 11:06 am:
Great website,my grandfather had his medical practice and a cottage @ Harveys Lake years ago and as kids we loved Hansons,the lake,etc. We haven't been up there in way too many years!!!
Great website,my grandfather had his medical practice and a cottage @ Harveys Lake years ago and as kids we loved Hansons,the lake,etc. We haven't been up there in way too many years!!!
Cheryle Tregan Bober Cheryle Tregan Bober from Ohio wrote on May 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm:
Relatives from both sides of my family lived in this area. I remember "going back" to Pa. for family reunions (Tregans & Gruvers) every year @ Harvey's Lake. Usually we were at the Hanson Park but when not there Sandy beach called. During the 60's it wasn't summer if you didn't have a family party at Harvey's Lake. We also got to see our Steele, Lamoreaux and Atherholt family there. This is such a great site that it makes me want to take the next generation of the family back for a visit.
Relatives from both sides of my family lived in this area. I remember "going back" to Pa. for family reunions (Tregans & Gruvers) every year @ Harvey's Lake. Usually we were at the Hanson Park but when not there Sandy beach called. During the 60's it wasn't summer if you didn't have a family party at Harvey's Lake. We also got to see our Steele, Lamoreaux and Atherholt family there. This is such a great site that it makes me want to take the next generation of the family back for a visit.
Carrie Casterlin Siesser Carrie Casterlin Siesser from Junction City, OR wrote on May 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm:
My grandfather was born in Harvey's Lake, and my father was born in Wilkes Barre. I have heard lots of stories about the area. Someday I will come and see it for myself.
My grandfather was born in Harvey's Lake, and my father was born in Wilkes Barre. I have heard lots of stories about the area. Someday I will come and see it for myself.
bobbie azar green bobbie azar green from moroe township,new jersey wrote on April 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm:
My uncle's family owned a beautiful home at Harvey's Lake. As a Brooklyn girl, it was the greatest summers I remembered..Hansons was really a great treat,even better than Coney Island...and I would go with a family friend that had a boat....also I loved playing BINGO at the lake, and my Aunt Sharon would switch cards in the middle of the game...and the Bingo people would yell at her all the time to stop cheating.
My uncle's family owned a beautiful home at Harvey's Lake. As a Brooklyn girl, it was the greatest summers I remembered..Hansons was really a great treat,even better than Coney Island...and I would go with a family friend that had a boat....also I loved playing BINGO at the lake, and my Aunt Sharon would switch cards in the middle of the game...and the Bingo people would yell at her all the time to stop cheating.
Scott Tomkins Scott Tomkins from Bear Creek Pa wrote on March 28, 2010 at 9:50 am:
I love the site! I am 43 years old, I was raised at harveys lake. I lived on Lakeview Terrace. I can still hear Hansons Park Carousel Music and the screams from the roller coaster riders in my head to this date. I was so sad when the park closed its doors for rides in 1983. I went there almost to the day it closed. I also do remember the years we were advised not to swim due to alge and the lake was treated several times. I do remember a drowning in the 70s I believe. A boy who either lived or stayed at the lake near hansons, his last name was Zupa. Not sure if the first name was Jay or not. Kepp up the good work. Harveys Lake lives in my mind to this day.
I love the site! I am 43 years old, I was raised at harveys lake. I lived on Lakeview Terrace. I can still hear Hansons Park Carousel Music and the screams from the roller coaster riders in my head to this date. I was so sad when the park closed its doors for rides in 1983. I went there almost to the day it closed. I also do remember the years we were advised not to swim due to alge and the lake was treated several times. I do remember a drowning in the 70s I believe. A boy who either lived or stayed at the lake near hansons, his last name was Zupa. Not sure if the first name was Jay or not. Kepp up the good work. Harveys Lake lives in my mind to this day.
Melinda Smith Melinda Smith from West Pittston, PA wrote on March 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm:
I was just doing some research for rentals at Harvey's Lake when I came upon this site. I was lucky and priveledged to have an Uncle and Aunt who lived at Point Breeze. At first it was a summer place, and then became all season, permanent residence. So many fond memories!! They moved from the lake...but then part of the family moved back to the outlet area. Now they have moved from there. A cousin's family-in-laws still have a beautiful home on Point Breeze area. Can't find the words to describe the sheer thrill of the adventures at Harvey's Lake. My one cousin and I still talk about our adventurous hike from Point Breeze to Sunset when we around 11, and scared the entire family because we didn't let them know we were going. I also would go riding at Mowhawk. Had a friend at the Sandy Beach area...so spent... Read more
I was just doing some research for rentals at Harvey's Lake when I came upon this site. I was lucky and priveledged to have an Uncle and Aunt who lived at Point Breeze. At first it was a summer place, and then became all season, permanent residence. So many fond memories!! They moved from the lake...but then part of the family moved back to the outlet area. Now they have moved from there. A cousin's family-in-laws still have a beautiful home on Point Breeze area. Can't find the words to describe the sheer thrill of the adventures at Harvey's Lake. My one cousin and I still talk about our adventurous hike from Point Breeze to Sunset when we around 11, and scared the entire family because we didn't let them know we were going. I also would go riding at Mowhawk. Had a friend at the Sandy Beach area...so spent many times there and at the Bottom. her mom is still down the road from the old Girl scout camp. Still remember riding the roller caoster, carousel and dodge-ems at Hanson's. Also was part of the era of dances with the local bands. Then of course there were some wild years and the beer bashes at a couple different locations. I've grown up now and know better...but all of the experiences are a part of me and who I am now. I am so thankfull to have found this site...will be passing it on to my friends and relatives. have a Good One!
Sylvia Repsher Sylvia Repsher from Tunkhannock, PA wrote on March 3, 2010 at 12:06 am:
What a marvelous website! There is so much of historical interest available on the site. It was with particular interest that I read the references to seamboart Captain George M Anderson (born 1869) and his daughter, Edith. We will be picking up your book at Amazon Book Store and also let relatives in New York State know the book is available so that they, too, can get a copy.
What a marvelous website! There is so much of historical interest available on the site. It was with particular interest that I read the references to seamboart Captain George M Anderson (born 1869) and his daughter, Edith. We will be picking up your book at Amazon Book Store and also let relatives in New York State know the book is available so that they, too, can get a copy.
Jack Kitchen Jack Kitchen from New Orleans, LA wrote on March 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm:
Thank you for your work and dedication in producing your books and this website. I found the content interesting and informative. I have hundreds of pictures from my family of the Harvey's Lake through the ages. Your information may help me determine who some of the people in the photos are and where some of them were taken. Thank you again.
Thank you for your work and dedication in producing your books and this website. I found the content interesting and informative. I have hundreds of pictures from my family of the Harvey's Lake through the ages. Your information may help me determine who some of the people in the photos are and where some of them were taken. Thank you again.
Jack Evans Jack Evans from Sunderland, Vermont wrote on February 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm:
My time at "The Lake" began in 1930. Our family owned three cottages at "POLE 213". MAR-BET-DOR = the names of three daughters, Martha, Betty and Dorcus. The second cottage was called "Sunset View", while the third was "Hiawatha" ;. My grandfather Beisel and his brother Lincoln Beisel were the owners. There were many pop fly baseball games played. We had the only spring in the area and many used it for their supply of drinking water. Our home was at 510 Carey avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA. I am now 79 years old and have many stories to tell if asked. Jack Evans, Sunderland, Vermont.
My time at "The Lake" began in 1930. Our family owned three cottages at "POLE 213". MAR-BET-DOR = the names of three daughters, Martha, Betty and Dorcus. The second cottage was called "Sunset View", while the third was "Hiawatha" ;. My grandfather Beisel and his brother Lincoln Beisel were the owners. There were many pop fly baseball games played. We had the only spring in the area and many used it for their supply of drinking water. Our home was at 510 Carey avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA. I am now 79 years old and have many stories to tell if asked. Jack Evans, Sunderland, Vermont.
Sue E. Landskroener Sue E. Landskroener from Chestertown, MD wrote on February 25, 2010 at 1:37 am:
Im from Shavertown and used to ride my bike from there to the lake, around it and back home. It was a great ride. As little kids we also used to have picnics at the beach and a friend of our family used to have parties on their dock. Lots of great memories.
Im from Shavertown and used to ride my bike from there to the lake, around it and back home. It was a great ride. As little kids we also used to have picnics at the beach and a friend of our family used to have parties on their dock. Lots of great memories.
Dean Wyant Dean Wyant from Longmont, Colorado wrote on February 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm:
As a youngster I spent my summers at my grandparent's home on Perrego Street at the lake. Sam Humphrey and Edessa Perrego were my grandparents. I have such great memories of boating, walking to Hanson's to enjoy the rides, watching movies at the drive-in and so much more. I love going back to visit as often as possible. What a treat it is to see these old videos and photos! Thank you all for sharing.
As a youngster I spent my summers at my grandparent's home on Perrego Street at the lake. Sam Humphrey and Edessa Perrego were my grandparents. I have such great memories of boating, walking to Hanson's to enjoy the rides, watching movies at the drive-in and so much more. I love going back to visit as often as possible. What a treat it is to see these old videos and photos! Thank you all for sharing.
Benjamin S.Davis III Benjamin S.Davis III from Sebring,Fl wrote on February 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm:
I am another grandson of Dr.Benjamin S.Davis and grew up in Dallas,visited Harveys Lake many times as a kid. I haven't been back since 1963,gotta get up there !!!! Take care all !
I am another grandson of Dr.Benjamin S.Davis and grew up in Dallas,visited Harveys Lake many times as a kid. I haven't been back since 1963,gotta get up there !!!! Take care all !