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Collage of images portraying Squam Lake in Holderness, NH

Growth

Both camps flourished as word spread. Friends brought friends, and so it has gone into the third and fourth generation. From Virginia to Philadelphia and on up the coast until now there are guests from coast to coast and beyond.

The outstanding characteristic of the camps is they are a place for simple and wholesome family life with freedom from domestic cares. This has made it possible for families to do things together. Family reunions have been a great attraction, and activities for all ages make it an ideal environment. Old traditions are still important and meaningful. Church on Church Island, Vespers at Flagstaff Point, the square dance, talent shows, and all camp cookouts still get everybody together to share and enjoy the lake and its surroundings.

Mrs. Armstrong abstained from alcoholic beverages of any kind and expected her guests do likewise. We still do not serve drinks in our dining room, but guests are free to do so in the cottages. The latter was not so in Mrs. Armstrong's day however; it is said that at the limit of throwing distance off a number of RDC docks, there is quite a collection of old bottles.

There are no rules at Rockywold, but if you disobey them, you may not be asked back. If you did not receive a Christmas card, perhaps there would be no room for you that year. At leaving one day a guest saying good-bye to Mrs. Armstrong said, God willing I will return next year. Mrs. Armstrong replied, not too loudly, And doesn't she know how little God has to do with it?

Both Miss Bacon and Mrs. Armstrong bought adjacent land for protection and for the use of their guests, adding cottages to meet demands. The Camps made an impact on the lake and surrounding area, and for the most part it has been favorable. The guests were interested in nature and in preserving the natural beauty they found here. Many guests purchased property around the lake and built their own cottages. These people today form a large part of the lake community and continue to exert their influence on preservation of the area.

The great thing about RDC is that from year to year very little changes. The cottages are still and will always be funky and cool, the dining hall, the iceboxes, the playhouse– it is all so unspoiled and simple and pleasant. As for the cabins: No four seasons luxury here, no phones, no tv's, no computers, no radios, no rap. None of the day to day noise that clutters and distracts.

~ Mary Spence