41. GALLERY: VIEW FROM KNOLL

 

 

Walking north on the main campground road, just after the intersections with Birch Lane and then Riverside Drive, on the right is a small bluff known in olden days as the Knoll. Prior to the forest growth of recent decades, the view from this high point to the south was much photographed.

As shown below this point provided a vista over early camping on what is today the Play Field and then a further view of Carter Notch in the background.

 

Between 1921 and the late thirties, camping was allowed on both
banks of the Peabody River. This early view from the Knoll shows in the foreground
riverside camping on what is today the Play Field. Then in the background
across the Peabody River is camping on what is today the Picnic Area.
Both locations are barred from camping today.
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Before and after: same view looking
south from Knoll in 1925 and then near
1935, after the Administration Building was added.

 




The two photos below demonstrate how woody
growth has obscured traditional campground vistas, in
this case south from the Knoll. First is a view from the Knoll
towards End Loop in the twenties, then the same view in 2008.