Gemont Graves, an Episcopal minister, purchased several acres on the west shore of Grand Isle in 1902 and set about building a summer camp for his seven children and their families. The result is a complex of rustic one-story cabins with shiplap siding and porches with log posts and branch-work railings. The camp is among the more distinguished of the “family compounds” that developed on the islands and were popular around Lake Champlain as well as along many of the larger inland lakes of the region. In 1912 Graves finished his summer retreat with a rustic gabled “Lady Chapel,” constructed of saddle-notched logs and with diamond-paned sash. Graves's descendants have maintained and still congregate at what is generally known as Westerly Camp.
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