Lebanon Reservoir Campground: 50 Years Old

July 12, 2013 by   - () Comments Off on Lebanon Reservoir Campground: 50 Years Old

Carolyn Hartshorn, a charter member of both CONY and ARVC, cuts the cake commemorating Lebanon Reservoir Campground’s 50th anniversary.

From humble beginnings in 1963, Lebanon Reservoir Campground near Hamilton, N.Y., blossomed over the years on former farmland and waterfront picnic grounds.

Now a full-service recreational vehicle park with 135 sites and a myriad of activities to serve its guests, the park continues to evolve, according to a news release.

Situated on 90 acres overlooking Lebanon Reservoir, the facility hosts about 80 families for a seasonal summer home in addition to overnight and weekend guests.

Seasonal campers hail from several central New York counties as well from Massachusetts and Connecticut. Short term campers visit from several states and Canadian provinces.

During Open House Weekend on June 9, the Hartshorn family, owners of the park, feted campers with a photography display showing the evolution of the park, a hot dog cookout and an anniversary cake. Carolyn Hartshorn is shown in the accompanying photograph cutting the cake. Carolyn and husband Gailan became charter members of the statewide private campground association in 1963 as they began developing the park. That organization, Campground Owners of New York (CONY), will also celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013 at its Outdoor Hospitality Conference this Fall at Hunter Mountain in the Catskills.

The Hartshorns also became charter members of the national campground association, now known as the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), headquartered in Denver, Colo. Carolyn served as the first woman on the board of directors of that association in the 1970s. Son Truman now sits of the ARVC board and its executive committee and serves as a CONY board member.

Lebanon Reservoir Campground expanded its hospitality offerings this year by adding a mine sluice, shown in the accompanying photograph, where guests can pan for rocks and minerals. A bounce house, dunk tank, and jumping ponies on the playground, also joined the list of activities for campers in 2013.

Other popular features include mini-golf, kayak rentals, fishing, swimming, and boating. Live music is offered several weekends during the season. The camp store offers many wearing apparel items with the new park logo in addition to convenience food, candy and ice cream items.

Mine sluice at Lebanon Reservoir Campground

The RV park is now managed by second and third generation Hartshorn family members, including Truman, Mary Karen, Louise, Lois and Alan.

Lebanon Reservoir will host its annual Campers Christmas weekend July 26-28. The third annual Antique/Collectible/Favorite Vintage Car Weekend will be held Aug. 2-4.

On Saturday Aug. 3 a chicken barbecue will be offered on the Waterfront and live music by Fast Eddie and the Rusty Nuts.

For a full listing of summer events, more information on the campground, and to make online reservations, visit the park website at



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