HISTORY OF LIMBERLOST LAND...

MacDonald Family at the Main Lodge (built in 1940) - now residence of Limberlost Lodge Hosts, Office and Tuck Shop

MacDonald Family at the Main Lodge (built in 1940) - now residence of Limberlost Lodge Hosts, Office and Tuck Shop

Limberlost Lodge has been around for a while!  Dating back to 1935, the very first cottage was built by Jack and Bess MacDonald.  Named "Cottage 5" throughout the years, we felt it was time to name this beloved cabin after the founder's of Limberlost Land.  Now known as the MacDonald House ~ Founder's Cottage, guests of the property's oldest cottage can feel the love the MacDonald Family had, and continues to have for this magical place.

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MacDonald House was where the family lived during guest visits to the Main Lodge (pictured above).  At one time, all guests stayed in the Main Lodge while the MacDonald Family cooked and hosted them throughout the day, returning to MacDonald House to rest for the night.

MacDonald House ~ Founder's Cottage (1935)

MacDonald House ~ Founder's Cottage (1935)

Next to come, once MacDonald House was completed, was the Main Lodge in 1940 which now houses the office, owner's residence and Tuck Shop.

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Steeped in history, Limberlost has also had some well-known guests frequent the main lodge.

The MacDonald Family had a good friend named Lester B Pearson... you may have heard of him!

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During the ongoing construction of the Main Lodge, the famous "Duplex" was also coming to life in 1940. Formerly referred to as Cottages 1 & 2 ~ these units were also renamed in 2016.  Cottage 1 is now Iris Cottage, and Cottage 2, The Lily Pad.

Iris Cottage (1) and The Lily Pad (2) Construction commenced in 1940

Iris Cottage (1) and The Lily Pad (2)

Construction commenced in 1940

The 40`s must have been a very busy time for The MacDonald Family, as 1943 saw the addition of The Loon`s Nest (formerly Cottage 3) AND the Sauna Haus!  Hard to believe that a single hand saw was used to fell the trees that built these amazing cottages.  All by hand... log by log!

Only a few years passed, and Jack was back in building mode, as Limberlost welcomed its newest arrival - Cottage 7.  Now referred to as The Ladybug Hut ~ this cozy little cabin has been delighting guests since 1945!

Last, but certainly not least, the mid-fifties saw the construction of the big stone workshop at the back of the property, as well as Cottage 6 (Pine Haus).

The Pine Haus was just a tiny cabin until Limberlost was purchased by the property's second owners - The Kissau Family.  First owned by Larry Kissau's parents through to the late 70's, Larry was the lad of Limberlost throughout his childhood.  After a brief owner change in 1977, Larry and his family took the reigns of Limberlost back to the Kissau Family in 1979.  

And one day a lovely lady named Ute, from Germany, showed up for a vacation at Limberlost.  Let's just say it was an instant connection! Ute moved across the ocean to join her soulmate, Larry, in this magical place.  They, along with Larry's children, enjoyed the love of Limberlost together for the rest of Larry's days.  Ute continued to create precious family experiences for another 10 years, until finding us... your new owners!

The Kissau Family 

The Kissau Family 

 

Finally, in 1998, with much "encouragement" from Ute, Cottage 6 was finished (old trailer attached removed) to be the stunning cottage it is today.  Also renamed in 2016, to ensure the Kissau name was etched into Limberlost Land forever, Cottage 6 became Pine Haus and the Kissau Trails remain.

Larry Kissau celebrating his 42nd birthday at home... the place he loved so whole-heatedly.

Larry Kissau celebrating his 42nd birthday at home... the place he loved so whole-heatedly.

>>>More HISTORY to come...