History of the Camps

    Sturtevant Pond Camps, originally known as Big Buck Camps, has been accommodating outdoor enthusiasts continuously for over 90 years. The first log cabin was built by Ewen Cameron in 1919, after he returned from World War I. He and his wife, Evelyn, built another cabin soon thereafter and started guiding hunters and fishermen. The main cabin was built in 1938, but the family (they had seven children) had lived on the pond year-round from 1919 to 1926, despite the lack of a road to the camps. They lived on the main road while the children were growing up but lived at the camps year-round again from 1951 until Ewen’s death in 1967. After that, their son Eric and his wife Beverly lived at and operated the camps until after Eric’s death. Beverly sold the camps in 1996 to James and Sandra Calyer, who then sold them to me in 2009.  From 2009 until his retirement in 2019, I was joined by Master Maine Guide Tom Rideout in running the camps.

(Most of this history was taken from The History of Wilson’s Mills and the Magalloway Settlements, 1975)

The Owner


Martha VanderWolk is a life-long educator. She has taught in local schools and several colleges, and is currently teaching middle and high school math in Pittsburg NH.  martha@sturtevantpondcamps.com



Martha lives for the outdoors and looks forward to sharing our wonderful lake and woods, along with whatever knowledge of the outdoors she has to share from her 43 years of living in the North Country, with you.