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The Hinckley Cabin

Very little information is readily available about the former Hinckley Cabin. It was located at the northeast end of camp beyond the Boys Bunkhouse on Assembly land that was sold in 1984.

The Hinckley Cabin was perhaps the fourth cabin built at the Assembly and was most likely constructed somewhere between 1938-1941. Our records clearly state that the first three cabins built were the Goddard (1931), Faxon (1931), and Taft (1937). According to a 2017 interview with Lois Hinckley (age 73) of Vienna ME, the Hinckley Cabin was definitely in active use by the Hinckley family from 1946-1955 while her father, Edward B. "Ned" Hinckley, was president of Babson Institute (now Babson College) in Wellesley MA. Since the Assembly did not meet from 1942-1945 because of World War II, therefore the Hinckley Cabin was most likely built between the time the Taft Cabin was built and the beginning of WWII in 1942; i.e., roughly 1938-1941. Although there is also the obvious possibility that it was put up in the Spring or Summer of 1946, Lois Hinckley did not remember it as seeming at all brand-new when she first began attending as a child, in fact, when asked, she recalled the cabin itself as seeming "well used". Since Lois was born during WWII, it's very likely that the Hinckley Cabin was built before the war and used by her parents and older brother and sister for 1-4 years before the war as well as the 10 years after.

The evidence also strongly indicates that the Hinckley Cabin was built by Lois Hinckley's parents: Edward B. "Ned" Hinckley and his wife Dorothy Kuenzli Hinckley. Dorothy was the daughter of the Rev. Charles H. Kuenzli who was one of the Assembly's core lecturers in the first two decades and became the FNCA's 2nd President in 1940.

The cabin itself was your basic rectangle with a bump out on one side for the master bedroom. Outside, there was an outhouse a short distance away, as well as a large 3-trunked birch tree that Lois remembers sitting in often as a child.

The Hinckleys are in the 1948 All-Camp Group Photo below. Lois Hinckley is the little girl sitting on the lawn in the front row third from the right. Her father, Ned, is seated immediately behind her. Her mother, Dorothy, is sitting to the right of him. Her grandmother, (Mrs. Charles H.) Vivian Hinckley, is the next one over. Just behind and to the left of Ned is her older sister, Marjorie, with the large, dark-colored hanging bow on her dress. The page of identifying names below the photo says at the bottom that her older brother, Ed, was "absent".

1948

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So far, nothing has surfaced to suggest that the Hinckley Cabin was ever used by any family other than the Hinckleys before, during, or after that 1946-1955 period. By the mid-1960's, the cabin was falling into disrepair and by the early 1970's it had became so dilapitated that it had become quite dangerous and had to be torn down.

In 1984, the land which the Hinckley Cabin was on was sold to long-time Assembly member Ed Schnurr (who served on the Buildings & Grounds Committee for many years) and his wife Wendy. The purpose of the sale was to raise the necessary funds to buy the current New Hampshire property that was originally part of the Weston Way housing development (built in 1984-1985) immediately adjacent to our land between the state line and the State Line Store.

One of the housing lots in that development was extremely close to the Perry Cabin, and it was deemed best to buy it and the one next to it instead of allowing permanent residences to be built that close to camp. Shortly thereafter, the Boston Cabin and Laird Cabin were built on those two NH lots in the late 1980's and 1990, respectively, with a enough woods to act as a buffer zone between them and the nearest homes.

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