The Sunday porch: Cascadia, Oregon

Hotel in Cascadia, Oregon, 1925, via Gerald W. Williams Collection, OSU (Oregon State University) Special Collections & Archives Commons on flickr.

I love that rustic bench on the right side of the porch. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

George Geisendorfer opened a resort at Cascadia Springs in 1896, offering what he called the “curative powers” of the local mineral spring water. The resort included a hotel, garden, croquet course, tennis courts, and bowling alley. After the hotel burned, the 300-acre property was acquired by the state of Oregon and is now the site of Cascadia State Park.

Cheshire County, N.H.


“Ladies playing croquet,” probably Cheshire County, New Hampshire, ca. 1900, by Bion Whitehouse, via Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County Commons on flickr.

Technically, they are playing roque, an American variant* of croquet, which is played on a hard sand or clay surface. Introduced in the late 1880s, it was extremely popular in the first few decades of the 20th century — and an Olympic sport in 1904 — and then almost entirely disappeared after the 1950s.

The roque grounds.

The photo above was published between 1900 and 1919, photographer unknown. It is part of the Termaine Arkley Croquet Collection and via UBC (University of British Columbia) Library Digitization Centre Commons on flickr.

There’s also a photo of 1918 roque grounds in Florida here.


*There is also a modern game of beach croquet.

Vintage landscape: Lake Mohonk, N.Y.

nypl.digitalcollections.Lake Mohonk HouseThe flower gardens of Lake Monhonk Mountain House, Ulster County, New York, ca. 1902, a postcard by Detroit Publishing Co., via The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Lake Mohonk Mountain House is a resort founded in 1879 by Albert Smiley, a “passionate gardener,” and a Quaker deeply concerned with the cause of world peace. (From 1895 to 1916, he convened annual conferences on international arbitration at the hotel.) The main building, shown on the postcard above, has 259 guest rooms and is now a National Historic Landmark.

Vintage landscape: The Kittatinny

The Kittatinny, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., c. 1905, via Library of Congress/enclos*ure“In the grounds of The Kittatinny, Delaware Water Gap, Pa.,” c. 1905, by Detroit Publishing Co. via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

What a pleasant spot. What do you think they’re talking about?
detail: The Kittatinny, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., c. 1905, via Library of Congress/enclos*ure

The Kittatinny was the first of the resort hotels at Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos Mountains — opening in 1832. In its heyday in the early 20th century, it could accommodate hundreds of guests.

The Kittatinny, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., c. 1905, via Library of Congress/enclos*ure

The hotel burned down in 1931. Some of the foundation is still visible, as well as a stream that used to run through the basement kitchen, according to a National Park Service newsletter.