3. SOURCES

The drive to uncover and weave together the pieces of the Campground historical puzzle would not have produced much without some good sources of information. Fortunately there were several primary sources that have made invaluable contributions to this work.


The late long time
camper George Brackett, Jr.

See photo of George at Dolly Copp in 1926.

The late George Brackett (1925-1912), a Dolly Copp camper since his infancy in 1926, retained a love for the Campground his entire life. His fundamental contributions were vital for this project.

A resident of nearby Jefferson, NH, Mr. Brackett was an active citizen in town government and Forest Service affairs. Contributions are attributed to his full name or initials (GB).


And this hobby research effort would have been far from complete without the kind cooperation of Marianne Leberman and Jennifer Olmsted of the US Forest Service (USFS) staff.

In 1997 these fine professionals provided copies of archived USFS memos and other valuable materials to get the project started.



Peabody River at end of Birch Lane.

After that they provided encouragement, contacts, and additional vital materials. In addition, noted USFS Snow Ranger Brad Ray, former Administrator of the Campground, working his way up to that position over the years 1958-1976, graciously reviewed draft material and filled gaps in the historical record.

Belvin Barnes as a youth in 1936 helped to build the Dolly Copp Picnic Shelter. He was later a Forest Service employee and managed Dolly Copp during the period 1957-1959. In the nineties he was a leader of the Picnic Shelter restoration movement. Contributions are in his name or identifiable by his initials (BB).

I am not one of the “real old timers” around the Campground, although I am getting there, having first camped in Dolly Copp at age 15 in 1962. I was then a guest of my Reading, Mass. school friend Bob Brown and his family.

Bob Brown at left, Bob Cook at right.

Bob and his cousin Bob Cook of Wakefield, Mass. camped here as toddlers before 1950. Their parents, Dorothy Brown and the late Oliver Brown, Elizabeth Cook and the late Robert Cook Senior, became Dolly Copp regulars in the mid-thirties.

These camper families have been enthusiastic supporters of this research and have provided much historical perspective.

The late Russell "Casey" Hodgson.

The late Russell Hodgdon (1935-2002) of Gorham, NH received his nickname “Casey” from the legendary Joe Dodge himself.

Employed by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) to help manage the Campground in the early fifties, Mr. Hodgdon supplied valuable facts about that and other periods.

He was a life long avid participant in historical research and restorations in the Gorham area. Contributions will be found attributed to his full name or initials (CH).

Others making significant contributions, such as totem pole carver Jay Milliken, are noted in the text.

Special thanks to my wife Dolly Chew for her photographic contributions and encouragement. Her Connecticut license plate “Dolly C” has a double meaning, working equally well at home in Connecticut or here in Dolly Copp.

Thanks to my late father Harvey Chew and my late mother Helen Chew for editing. Thanks to Stuart and Emily Smith for historical information and the loan of old photos.

And also to Bob Rich for providing copies of his dad’s old Campground photos. The fabulous Rich Family collection opened new perspectives just when I thought I had seen it all.

Other noteworthy contributors are Nancy Birch, Elsie Ashworth and Bob Rich.

And of course we are all indebted to USFS archaeologist Sarah Jordan for her landmark archaeological research on the homestead.

As noted many photos are from the 1996 USFS 75th anniversary collection, others from government tourist literature or old post cards.

Thanks to David Veit for a copy of his rare post card collection of the Campground, also to David Moore for use of items from his White Mountain post card collection.

1/2011: I had intended to update this section with the names of additional contributors. However I am switching to acknowledging them on the various pages where their contributions are placed.

Note especially the extensive input of rare items generously shared from the collection of Scott McClory.