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As early as 1956  boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14 were bused, transported by car, or walked to Camp Cayuga on the Lowell Road in Hudson.  Camp Cayuga, a summer day camp, was operated by John S. Groves on his family’s 265 acre farm.  The camp activities started at 9 am and ended at 4 pm.  Each camper brought their own lunch except on Thursdays when there was a noonday cookout. The camping season was 8 weeks, during the months of July and August.  As many as 125 plus children came from towns like Milford, Amherst, Merrimack. Lowell, Chelmsford, Nashua and Hudson.  Camp facilities included a large barn for a place of assembly, a swimming pond on the property which was recently dug by a bulldozer along a brook which ran thru the property, bath houses, Indian camps where campers divided into tribes, playing fields, horseback riding rinks, and woods for nature study.  Horse back riding was one of the more popular events.  special events,such as horse shows, carnivals, and fishing derbys,  were often held.
The Groves farm was located on the western  side of Lowell Road and extended to the Merrimack River. Until 1955 Mr. Groves had farmed the land and operated an automobile sales agency on the premises.  He then turned from auto sales to teaching school.  The idea of using the farm as a summer camp was suggested to him by a friend a few years earlier.  The possibilities for expansion were considered as tremendous as within a 15 mile area there were 200,000 people and only 2 other day camps in the area.
Within a few years growth came to Lowell Road and with it an increase in property values.  The State of New Hampshire had plans for a Circumferential Highway.   By the early 1970’s the northern portion of this farm was used for the access road to the Sagamore Bridge.  Of the remaining acres, the part abutting Lowell Road is the location of Sam’s Club; the back portion toward the river is part of The Green Meadows Golf Course,  Photo courtesy of Leo Demers and now a part of the Historical Society Collection. (Published HLN June 26, 2015)
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