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Solway House

Remembering 36 years of family and friends in the shadow of Overlook Mountain.

Martha and Jack Walter purchased Solway House, a beautiful bungalow colony cradled in the Catskill Mountains in January 1963. The land had originally been used as a Norwegian dairy farm, but was converted into a resort hotel and summer camp that was used for fifteen years before the Walters bought the property.

Jack was a retired truck driver, Teamster organizer, and left-wing activist. Generations of families have enjoyed fantastic memories of Solway house. Teachers and union members regularly rented out bungalows, and those who stayed made lasting memories. Members of the Walter family often spent their summers there in the shadow of Overlook Mountain. Some were married at Solway, and then brought their own children to the hotel to make new memories.

After Jack and Martha died, the bungalow colony was sold to a group of Orthodox Jews from Russia as a family camp. The older generation that made Solway the iconic destination for so many families has mostly passed away - only 99-year-old Pauline, who once led folk dancing activities and was the recreation director, remains.


Susan Walter and Barry Walter, siblings and children of the Solway House founders. (Their brother Lanny is not in the photo.)

Both before and after Solway House closed its doors, the Walter family held a get-together called Friends and Family Weekend. The most recent event was held from June 17 - June 19, 2016 at one of the last remaining bungalow hotels near Saugerties, New York. For a few years, there has been talk about preserving the history, memories, and photographs of Solway House. This LifePost will serve as that venue - please share your photos, memories, and stories of the great times had at Solway House.

Solway House
Celebration
  • interests

    Catskills
    Overlook Mountain
    new york

  • Description

    Solway House was a small family hotel in the foothills of the Catskills. Remembering 36 years of family and friends in the shadow of Overlook Mountain.

  • People connected to this celebration

    Susan Walter
    Wendy Schuman

  • Date observed

    January 1963

  • location

    Saugerties, New York

Wendy Lerner
My family and I went to the Solway House in the 60’s. We spent the best 2 weeks of my life there. I have such fond memories. I too remember Uncle Irving waking us every morning. “Good morning boys, good morning girls!” I was on line a few months ago, and somehow came across the family hotel that replaced it. They showed pictures describing this place. I didn’t realize it replaced Solway House, until I noticed the same paved road with white edging on the right was still there. This was the best for Brooklyn kids like me!
Carl Silverman
My family and I were guests at Solway 1965-68. Wonderful times! Thanks for our memories. Carl Silverman (NYC)
Joel Solon
I can almost remember the smell of the nicer back room (for playing cards and chess) where my father Arnold and a wonderful man named Misha would play guitar and piano and sing for the other guests! Sometimes I played along on my bongo drums.
Joel Solon
Spent many wonderful times there in the 60s and 70s with my family (Joel (me), Arnold, and Sue Solon) and the Segall Family (Jon, Josh, and Helen Segall). I often wonder how Philip, Troy, and Seth are doing. Hit my first home run, learned to play tetherball, and had my first crush on the French girl from Nice between me (on the left) and Jon in this photo
Eve Walter
They are good. All three living in Brooklyn.
Eve Walter
I am the only granddaughter of Jack and Martha. Born in 1968 Solway represents my upbringing. Thank you for the memory.
Solway House
Celebration
  • interests

    Catskills
    Overlook Mountain
    new york

  • Description

    Solway House was a small family hotel in the foothills of the Catskills. Remembering 36 years of family and friends in the shadow of Overlook Mountain.

  • People connected to this celebration

    Susan Walter
    Wendy Schuman

  • Date observed

    January 1963

  • location

    Saugerties, New York