History

 

Melody Lodge sits atop Page Hill, 2200 feet above sea level, commanding a view of Lakes Pleasant and Sacandaga. The Lodge was built in 1912 by Mr. Allison Van Hoose as a singing school for girls.  During the summer months, the mountainside echoed with voices of young hopefuls.  Melody Lodge remained a school of music up until World War I, when it became a summer residence and changed hands several times.

 

In 1937, Frances and Hamilton Chequer of Speculator purchased the Lodge and opened it to the public, offering meals and lodging. After many memorable years, the Chequers retired their services to Susan and George Swift. Over the years the Swifts raised a family, made many friends, & created the Melody Lodge you know today. Now, after 31 years, George and Sue turn to their daugther, Julie, to continue the tradition of Melody Lodge.

 

View from Page Hill before Melody Lodge (same rock sits outside tap room entrance)