The Resorts That Put the Mood in Moodus
The Catskills of Connecticut' Was a Top Vacation Hot Spot
.In its heyday, during the 1940s and 1950s, Moodus was called the "Catskills of Connecticut." During the summer season, people visiting the dozens of Moodus-area resorts quadrupled East Haddam's population to about 20,000 people.
The resorts, boarding houses and camps of Moodus primarily attracted people from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and other parts of Connecticut.
Many of the resorts evolved from farms in the late 1800s and early 1900s, when farm families took in first visiting relatives and friends, and then strangers. All were attracted to the beautiful countryside of the Moodus area.
The East Haddam village of Moodus was the home of dozens of summer resorts in its heyday as "Vacationland," the largest vacation destination in Connecticut.
During its peak as a destination town, there were more than 30 resorts in Moodus. They generally specialized in one of three different groups of vacationers: Jewish, Christian and Hungarian.
The resorts of Moodus attracted people to the country in the days before better highways and then jet travel changed vacation habits in the sixties.
Following is a list of Moodus and East Haddam resorts known to have operated through the years.
Click the below links for photos and histories of the old resorts.
-Anton & Frances Wolf's Boarding House (later Leiber's Mansion)
-Charles Wolf's (now Wolf's Den Campground)
-The Auster House (Falls Rd.)
-Camp Sokol (East Haddam)
-Camp Wopowog (East Hampton)
-Shadybrook Hotel (Plains Rd.)
-Willow Manor (Rtes 149 & 151)