Wisconsin - Chequamegon-Nicolet NF
Forest Lodge Rehabilitation 2018
Forest Lodge Volunteers help restore the Greenhouse in 2016
June 26-30, 2018
Must commit to entire session
Welcome back to another season at Forest Lodge! Crawford Livingston first bought the property that became Forest Lodge in 1902. One of the horizontal log buildings previously built on the property, when it was a logging camp, became the Main Lodge. He also added the Pump House and part of the Maid's Cabin. In 1916, Forest Lodge was transferred to his daughter Mary Livingston and her husband, Theodore Griggs. Almost all of the 14 buildings were either erected or remodeled between 1928 and the early 1940s. Mary Griggs Burke, their daughter, conveyed the 872-acre estate to the Forest Service as part of a life estate in 1999. At her death in 2012, the property was fully transferred to the Forest Service. The passage of time and the elements have, of course, taken a toll on the structures and grounds of the complex. But, since 2012, PIT volunteers have joined crews made up of Forest Staff, military veterans, volunteers from the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and craftsmen from HistoriCorps (HC), a Colorado-based, non-profit corporation dedicated to the restoration of historic structures, to restore the property. Our “TLC” efforts follow the Secretary of the Interior’s ‘Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties,’ which provide guidelines for the restoration and rehabilitation of sites and properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
This year, we will undertake a plethora of tasks throughout the grounds. Work will be done at the Guest House, the Pumphouse, the Steam Shed, and the Boat House. Tasks may include re-roofing, mortar repair; pathway and retaining wall reconstruction or improvement; removing old and re-installing new glass; sanding and painting interiors, eaves, and sashes; repairing or replacing log siding; cleaning and sealing door frames, and so on. If interested, volunteers could also develop an interpretive exhibit at the Cow Palace; inventory, catalog and interpret historic artifacts; improve the walking tour of historic buildings; or investigate the historic significance of the Griggs Burke family. You know…small stuff! But, a little something to fit everyone’s interests or an opportunity to learn a new skill!
HC craftsmen will be leading the crew throughout the historic preservation portion of the project, and the district project leader will provide guidance for the other activities. They will show participants what is required, will provide the tools, safety equipment, and training necessary to complete the tasks, and will also provide volunteers with three delicious meals each day. So, not only will you get the unique opportunity to restore and interpret an important piece of this historic property, you’ll also walk away with some useful new skills and full bellies! There is also much to see and do here during the hours “off the clock,” such as fishing, wildlife viewing (elk are abundant here), mountain biking, and hiking – and, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Ashland Northern Great Lakes Visitor’s Center. We hope to see you this summer for another great project at Historic Forest Lodge!
Number of openings: 4-5
Special skills: Previous carpentry, roofing, masonry, painting, construction, and/or general maintenance experience helpful, but not required
Minimum age: 16 years old, under 18 with a responsible adult
Facilities: Tent and RV camping available on site in the Cow Palace field at Forest Lodge at no charge; water, flush and chemical toilets available at Cow Palace; meals will be provided. Motels, restaurants, and resorts located nearby in Cable and Clam Lake; volunteers responsible for own transportation and lodging (if opting to stay off-site); Camping: designated campgrounds may be available for registered PIT volunteers (if selected, please discuss details with project leader at time of contact to arrange camping at designated campground)
Nearest towns: Cable, 8 miles; Clam Lake, 10 miles; Hayward, 25 miles
Applications due: May 7, 2018