Woodchuck Lodge

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Woodchuck Lodge
John Burrough Boyhood rock.jpg
Boyhood rock and grave of John Burroughs
Woodchuck Lodge is located in New York
Woodchuck Lodge
Woodchuck Lodge is located in the United States
Woodchuck Lodge
LocationBurroughs Road, Roxbury, NY
Coordinates42°17′47.18″N 74°35′2.52″W / 42.2964389°N 74.5840333°W / 42.2964389; -74.5840333Coordinates: 42°17′47.18″N 74°35′2.52″W / 42.2964389°N 74.5840333°W / 42.2964389; -74.5840333
ArchitectCurtis Burroughs
NRHP reference #66000512
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHLDecember 29, 1962[2]

Woodchuck Lodge, also known as John Burroughs Memorial State Historic Site is in Roxbury in the western Catskills of Delaware County, New York, was a summertime home of naturalist John Burroughs. He is buried here, at the foot of a rock on which he played as a child. From the gravesite one has a panoramic view of mountains.

"In 1913, Henry Ford purchased the Roxbury farm as a present for John Burroughs. The property included three bedroom farmhouse built by John Burroughs' brother Curtis in 1863. Later, after naturalist John Burroughs rented the old farmhouse from his nephew, John Burroughs, son of his brother Curtis, he named it "Woodchuck Lodge" after what he deemed were pesky woodchucks who had a cordon of woodchuck holes all over the nearby fields.[3] John's nephew, John (the son of Curtis), ran the farm from the main house."[4]

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962.[2][5]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Woodchuck Lodge". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-23.
  3. ^ John E. Lutz, great grand-nephew of naturalist John Burroughs, and former owner of Woodchuck Lodge
  4. ^ John Burroughs -- Naturalist of West Park
  5. ^ Constance M. Greiff (July 26, 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Woodchuck Lodge (John Burroughs Home) National Historic Landmark" (pdf). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying 10 photos, exterior and interior, from 1985. (1.74 MiB)

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