On Saturday June 14, 2014, Senator Sanders will officially open the renovated Barnes Camp in Stowe to the public. This historic building has been undergoing renovations for over a year. The building will be used as a Visitor Center, welcoming tourists and locals to the Smugglers’ Notch area. The Senator was instrumental in securing funds for the project.
The unique project is a collaboration between Stowe Mountain Resort, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, Green Mountain Club, the Friends of Smugglers’ Notch, and the Lamoille County Planning Commission. Work began on the renovation of Barnes Camp in September of 2013.
“Barnes Camp will be a mix of old and new. We worked hard to keep as much of the historic structure intact as possible. Whenever possible, we used Vermont grown lumber and historic materials, including over 450 Drury bricks donated by community members. The renovations also include some state-of-the-art conservation technology, such as a composting restroom, rainwater collection system, and smart meter. This led to some interesting challenges.” says Seth Jensen, senior planner at Lamoille County Planning Commission, and project manager for the restoration, “The cooperation of Upland Construction and Jay White, the architect from Robert Carl Williams Associates, were essential to insuring there was minimal disruption to the schedule.”
Barbara Baraw, president of the Stowe Historical Society, remembers when the building was in use. “The building has been a ski dorm, a guest house, a souvenir shop, over the years,” says Baraw, “and seeing it once again welcoming people to the Smugglers’ Notch area has been a desire of the Historical Society for many years.”
The building will be used as a Visitor Center for the Smugglers’ Notch State Park and Scenic Highway, and will contain revolving exhibits on the history, geology, and ecology of the Smugglers’ Notch area. Responsibility for staffing the center will be shared by Stowe Mountain Resort, Green Mountain Club, the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, and the Lamoille County Planning Commission.
The Grand Opening event will begin at 1:45 p.m. Barnes Camp is located on the Mountain Road (Vt Route 108) in Stowe.
Additional information about Barnes Camp and the Smugglers’ Notch Area can be found at www.friendsofsmugglersnotch.org.