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.
15 or so years ago, the kid with the guitar who played American Pie on repeat came up to me at the theater and and said “Solway House 1967” and we laughed for the entire intermission. Wish I had photos...