Like many large inland bodies of water in Vermont at the end of the nineteenth century, Barnard Pond was renamed. Its new name, Silver Lake, was chosen to appeal to summer visitors. A pleasure park with motorized boat launches was developed at the lake, where there had once been mills. After Bethel businessman E. O. Spaulding built his summer camp on the west lakeshore about 1895, it soon became a desirable location for summer camps for many Bethel and Pittsfield residents. Among the dozen or so wood-frame camps they built is this notable example. Like many Atlantic seaside cottages, it has a one-and-a-half-story T-shaped plan with a Queen Anne porch that wraps its projecting central room lakeside, topped by an open-air sleeping porch. A second, smaller camp was built nearby with a two-sided porch toward the lake and another around its entrance. This representative family camp also included a small wood-frame, two-bay garage (c. 1910) to house the automobiles that made traveling to remote camps convenient, as well as a children's playhouse (c. 1920).
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