Wakeda Campground was created in 1965 by Charles (“Charlie”) and Lucille (“Jimmie”) Savage. It is now the proud product of over 5 decades of love, dedication and incredible hard work by four generations of the Savage family, and the many wonderful employees and long-time campers we’ve adopted into our “Wakeda Family” over the years. We feel honored to have been a part of so many families’ summer vacation memories and continue to get a thrill when we meet campers who camped with us as children and are continuing the tradition with their own kids!
Wakeda’s life began when newlyweds Charlie and Jimmie Savage purchased an old farmhouse on 180 acres of woods in 1946. In those days, Wakeda was known as the “Wakeda Farm” where Charlie raised honey bees and sold the honey. He also began sourcing parts from all over New England to build the antique saw mill that resides on the property. The mill, completed in 1952, to this day still produces all the lumber used to construct and renovate Wakeda’s buildings and picnic tables.
From time-to-time Jimmie and Charlie would venture into the woods behind their home to camp with their three children, Terry, Jan and Karen. After one such excursion, a family friend joked that they should open a campground and let others enjoy Wakeda’s beautiful woods. And the idea of Wakeda Campground was born! After several years of working late into the evenings and on the weekends, between their regular jobs, Charlie and Jimmie officially opened Wakeda Campground for its first season in 1965 with a total of 28 sites.
Charlie and Jimmie successfully ran Wakeda until 1998, when it was purchased by their children Terry, Jan and Karen. The 2nd generation grew the business over the next 23 years to just over 397 sites. They built the Trading Post, renovated the miniature golf course, made untold site and infrastructure improvements, and created Founder’s Park, to honor their parents, all while enjoying the people and working with family. Charlie passed away on March 29, 2019, at 98 years old. Jimmie continues to enjoy weekly summer visits to Wakeda and always loves visiting with her many family members and close friends.
After more than two decades at the helm, Terry, Jan and Karen decided they’d like to retire and enjoy some much-deserved free time. It was incredibly important to the entire Savage family to keep the business in the family.
Jimmie,Terry,Jan Savage @ Founders Park
In 2021, after a multi-year transition process, the business was purchased by the 3rd generation: Amanda, Laura, Tim, and Adam. Having literally grown up on the property and worked at Wakeda in countless capacities throughout their lives, the 3rd generation couldn’t be more excited to continue Wakeda’s legacy of offering a beautiful, friendly, oasis in the pines for campers to create special memories.
We invite you to become a part of our history and create your own wonderful Wakeda family memories!