The Most Rustic Resort in the Area
The Salmon River, athletic pursuits, and a singles scene were attractions
Safety regulations were way more relaxed in the early 1900s.
Camp Wopowog occupied 300 acres just over the Moodus border on the East Hampton banks of the Salmon River. An early 20-Century booklet calls Wopowog "The Resort of a Thousand New Experiences," claiming that "here every prospect pleases, and no one puts on style."
Wopowog was by all accounts the most rustic of the Moodus-area resorts. The simple nature of a Wopowog vacation was a key element in its advertising -- "All the charms of old pioneer days without any of its hardships and with many additional attractions," was how one promotional flyer put it.
Accommodating about 400 people in its cabins and tents, Wopowog featured athletics and the "healthful" countryside, "rich in wildwood charm." The main natural attraction was the Salmon River, just a few steps from the cabins, which offered water "recreating" and "intoxicating views of surroundings."
Many of these photos were supplied by the Urban family, whose family vacationed at Camp Wopowog in the 1930s.