A Little History and What the Park Means For Me

Over the years I have had people ask me about how long we have been here, how it all started, etc.  I thought it might be interesting, so here goes (to the best of my knowledge and ability!) The park wasn’t started by my family, but we came to it in 1979. At that time it was Uncle Jim (my grandmother’s brother) that had the original interest. He was looking for an investment as he was already involved with Lily Pond Mobile Homes, a business that sold homes over in the Laconia area.  He was looking for someone to manage it and thought of my parents.  They had been living with my grandmother at the time. My grandfather had passed away young and they moved in to try to help her with everything.  They were interested in the opportunity, but refused to come over here unless my grandmother could be included.  As you all may know, the three of them have been here ever since.  My parents and grandmother decided to buy out Jim and the other partners, and eventually my parents bought out my grandmother as well, although she did stay here and help out. For my entire childhood I knew my parents to be hardworking.  My father worked at the gas company during the day for the first few years, and around the park at night and on the weekends. Although we didn’t have the usual family vacations that my friends had, I still felt very lucky. I had a large group of friends during the summer months and we spent long hours at the pool, playing down at the river, or playing in the woods.  While I hated to say goodbye at the end of the summer, I then got to have all my friends from school over to play in the huge snow piles that dad used to make with the old tractor ( I called it “pop pop, bang bang” when I was little.)  It was like I was living at summer camp half the year and had the coolest back yard the rest of the year. When I was a little older, about to go to high school, I started working around the park during the summer months. I helped with the pool, the bathrooms, cleaning up the rec-hall.  As time went on I slowly was able to see a different side of things.  I was able to see the park from the perspective of growing up here and working here, and even now living here.

Korin and I both went to college nearby, myself at McIntosh and her at UNH.  She transferred there her sophomore year and we lived together in an apartment in Lee.  We both worked at a dog kennel in Durham. During that time I was able to get a bit of an outside perspective. I had also worked for my father in law doing construction, and in Wolfeboro landscaping before deciding to go to college.

I have lived here my entire life, literally from birth until now, and have even had one of my children born here in the park. I feel as though I have more ties to this place than anyone else here, and it means a lot to me.  It has history for me and my family. It has given my family the opportunity to have a place to live, grow up, and be a part of something together.  I work here alongside both my parents, especially my father, nearly every day.  I am able to see the kids during the day, sometimes for lunch, and sometimes just for a visit while we are out working. I feel we have something great here, and I look forward to one day working alongside Korin, Jonah and Lyndi just as I do now with my parents.  My family has been involved here for quite a while, and we hope to be here a long while more!


One thought on “A Little History and What the Park Means For Me

  1. Eric:

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your history with Merrymeeting Campground. You are one Lucky Guy to have such a wonderful Grandmother and Parents.

    Also you have a beautiful wife and two beautiful children. Working beside your Dad and Mom everyday and being able to spend some quality time with your kids is priceless.

    I am impressed and pleased to see that a young man, like you, realizes and appreciates what is most important in life.

    I have truly enjoyed getting to know you and your family and I really enjoy “Rockin’ The Rec Hall” with Pete!

    God Bless you and your Family!


    ….Jimmy Merrick (Mr. Rock & Roll)

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