Wakeda Campground was created nearly 50 years ago, in 1965, by Charles (“Charlie”) and Lucille (“Jimmie”) Savage. It is now the proud product of 5 decades of love, dedication and incredible hard work by three 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.
Wakeda has grown over the decades to just over 400 sites, and while the day-to-day operations of the business are handled by the second and third generations, Charlie and Jimmie are still very much involved. Jimmie is a frequent presence in the office and still goes on her daily morning walk through the campground. Charlie can almost always be found parked in his golf cart “supervising” and troubleshooting Wakeda’s numerous maintenance projects.
We invite you to become a part of our history and create your own wonderful Wakeda family memories!
Charles F Savage
January 23, 1921 to March 29, 2019
Sadly, we said good-bye to Wakeda Campground’s creator and biggest fan who passed away at the age of 98. Charlie will long be remembered by family and Wakeda campers for his love of all things outdoors. His goal of creating a beautiful gathering place in the pines was realized with the opening of Wakeda Campground in 1965. His legacy will remain with all of us who enjoy nature, people, and the experience of camping in “his” woods. A Celebration of Charlie’s life was held at Wakeda on May 4, 2020. His wife, Jimmie, children Terry, Jan, and Karen, and all his grandchildren were joined by many friends, family, and members of the camping community to share stories and memories. A Navy Honor Guard was present to thank him for his military service and present an American flag to Jimmie.