The following story is courtesy of the Montville Patch and features Laurel Lock Campground on Lake Gardner in Connecticut.

If you’re in your 40s or 50s, and you grew up near Montville, Conn., chances are good that you remember swimming at Schultz’s Point, and buying candy from the little store there.

If you’re older, you might remember paying 25 cents to use the beach, and $1 to rent a picnic table for the day.

And if you were around in 1918, and you could still summon memory, you might recall Charles and Schnookie Schultz (their given names were Oscar and Gretchen) buying the 50 acres for $1,000, and building a road from the farmhouse down to the shore of Gardner Lake.

That was the glimmer of the beginning of Laurel Lock campground.

The real camp came into being in the summer of 1967, when Ann and Bill Breda – Ann was the granddaughter of Charles and Schnookie – came up with the idea, and made the first eight campsites.

Laurel Lock celebrates its 45th anniversary on Saturday.

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