Somehow, this post has fallen by the wayside, which is unfortunate because it pulls the chronology of my posts out of whack. I’m sure I’ll get over it, but still…
Anyway, about a month or so ago, Laura and I decided to jump in the car and drive over to a road I found on Google Earth a long time ago. While on Google Earth (a long time ago), I went down to street view and found the area I’m about to show you in the photos below. It’s a strange area – strange when we visited because where everything is situated is out of season. I’m not sure what things look like when they are in season (summer), but I suppose we’ll see about that in just a few short month’s time.
The area I’m referring to is located on Wesserunsett Lake in Madison, Maine. To be more precise, I’m talking about the Lakewood Theater and Restaurant and the Colony House Inn off of Theater Road and Beach Road. Odd places, but really cool at the same time.
During our visit, I drove in Beach Road and continued on toward the lake. On Beach Road, there were many small cottage type summer (I’m assuming) residences on the left side. Many of these cottages are for sale. Here is a pictures of a few of them:
Once past the cottages, we saw a very nice inn – the same in I mentioned above. It’s situated directly on Wesserunsett Lake and actually is for sale as well. This “for sale” thing kind of made me wonder what was going on. Was the big draw (the playhouse) in trouble? Is there something else up? I didn’t, and still don’t know, but I will tell you that it certainly is a shame. The two roads have a tennis court between them and truly are a magnificent area to spend the summer.
Across from the inn sits the lake. It’s not a huge lake, but it’s large enough to offer you the activities you’re looking for. At 1446 acres and 22 feet deep, you’ll surely find enough fish for fishing. You can go kayaking, canoeing and all that too. I don’t know if power boats are allowed.
Now, about that theater. I did a little reading after we returned from our trip and learned that the Lakewood Theater is the oldest seasonal playhouse in the nation. It’s been running continuously for 140 years. To me, that’s remarkable.
Madison Business Gateway – Lakewood Theater
Jeff Quinn, artistic director of the Lakewood Theater the oldest summer theater in the United States, discusses the history of the Lakewood Theater in Madison, Maine.
There’s a building across the parking lot as well. I’m not sure if this is connected to the theater, but I’m thinking it is. It’s of the same era and looks similar.
Now, here’s where things became kind of curious. On our way out, traveling on Theater Road, we passed a few cottages to our right that surely seem to be part of the theater. These cottages, however, are completely abandoned. I can only imagine that these were once used for those in the shows to reside in. I wonder why they don’t anymore.
To get to the bottom of this, I’m going to begin questioning some of the locals. I know quite a few from that area and would love to unearth what’s going on with the whole area. I understand it’s a challenge to survive and thrive in this part of the country and learning the whole story would at least give me an understanding of some of the local history.