Meet the new owners – Norman Lewis, Jr. and Whitney Gray. Norman is a retired Maine Game Warden. Whitney is the daughter of retired Maine Game Warden ‘The Wicked Friggin’ Awesome Don Gray’ who used to be the Norman’s supervisor….now Whitney likes to think that she is. Norman was the local Game Warden in the Bethel district for 25 years where he had a successful career with his black lab K9 partner, Clyde, who is also retired and is part owner of the Seboomook Wilderness Campground.
Norman lived in Bryant Pond where he raised his two sons and was a valued member of his community. Whitney has a shady background. She has lived in Chicago, Pennsylvania and California before she smartened up and moved back home to Maine. She worked as a social worker in Franklin, Androscoggin, and Oxford counties prior to taking the adventure of campground ownership with Norman Lewis.
Together Norman and Whitney share a love for the outdoors and the state of Maine. Norman is an avid hunter, sportsman, and registered Maine Guide. Whitney is a vegetarian, aging hippie chic, and lover of poetry. And somehow that all works out. Norman and Whitney decided to get into the campground business to share the love and inspiration they each get from the great outdoors in their different and individual ways and to create a space where people can gather to create their memories around the campfire.
- SWC is the former site of a World War II POW camp for Italian and German prisoners. The campground was also used as a large logging operation that housed and fed loggers who worked in the great North Maine Woods.
- Seboomook (pronounced by Mainahs – ‘Sa-boom-ook’) is an Abnaki word that means “at the large stream”
- Moosehead Lake is the largest lake in Maine with an area of 120 square miles and over 80 islands.
- Moosehead Lake is the source for the Kennebec River. The Moosehead lake region includes the headwaters of the Kennebec, the West Branch of the Penobscot, the Piscataquis, the Pleasant, and the Saint John rivers.
- The Moosehead lake region is home to the Penobscot and Norridewock American Indians, and was home to the Red Paint People, early American Indians that flourished between 3000 BCE and 1000 BCE
- Moosehead lake region gets its name from the remarkable similarity between maps of the lake and an antlered moose.
- Henry David Thoreau described the Moosehead Lake as “...a gleaming silver platter at the end of the table.”
- According to the current census, moose outnumber people in the Moosehead Lake region 3:1
- Source: Wikipedia