New hosts: Amanda, Laura, Tim
Since it first opened its woods in 1965, Wakeda has been run by the Savage family, and is currently managed by 3rd generation owners, Amanda, Laura, and Tim. Together with an amazing staff and numerous family members, they carry forward nearly 60 years of tradition, care, hard-work, and enthusiasm for our beautiful campground nestled in the woods of Hampton Falls. Amanda, Laura, and Tim have supported the family business for decades (since they were kids themselves!) while juggling individual careers.
When the opportunity came to combine their unique skill-sets and purchase Wakeda, the three of them couldn’t pass up the chance to keep the business within the family. Each truly loves Wakeda, so the responsibility to carry it forward was one they accepted with great enthusiasm. All season long, any day of the week, you’ll generally find Amanda and Laura “up front” in the office, and Tim “down back” in the campground. If you see them, we encourage you to introduce yourself and say hello. All three are very open to feedback and would enjoy hearing about your experience at Wakeda. We are fully committed to ensuring that generations of campers can continue to enjoy family camping in the pines at Wakeda and feel honored to have been a part of so many families’ summer vacation memories!
A Bit of Our History ...
Wakeda’s life began when newlyweds Charles (“Charlie”) and Lucille (“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 nearly 400 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.
Jimmie,Terry, Jan Savage @ Founders Park
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. As managing owners, Laura, Amanda, and Tim, are thrilled to be carrying the beloved family business forward and have enjoyed the opportunity to begin adding their own improvements, including the pickle ball court and security gate, to our guests’ experience.
We invite you to become a part of our history and create your own wonderful Wakeda family memories!