Markham Spring Recreation Area recently ended a successful recreation season. Many groups used the grounds this summer for events. The campgrounds were filled with campers. The Fuchs House was rented out to several families throughout the summer.
People visiting the Mark Twain Forest Recreation Area were greeted by camp hosts Henry and Lavenda High. They became familiar faces to the residents of the Williamsville area and the frequent visitors to the park.
Friends and visitors recently said their goodbyes to the Highs as the camping season ended.
“Henry and Lavenda were the friendly campground hosts that greeted visitors this summer and kept Markham Springs neat and picturesque for all to see,” said Brenda Shearrer of Williamsville. “Their host assignment ended last week. Friends from the Williamsville community are really appreciative for all their hard work.”
They had some excitement this year with all the wind storms, but the Highs were very pleased with how the community came to their aid during these difficult times.
There have been many family reunions, picnics, and fun at Markham Springs this summer. Some people have enjoyed the use of the new pavilion that was provided by the Williamsville Area Progress Committee (WAPC) and the U.S. Forest Service under a cost share agreement.
WAPC provided concrete and labor for the project, and the Forest Service provided gravel and other supplies, along with two new large picnic grills for the pavilion.
Several families rented the historic and beautiful Fuchs home that overlooks the spring pond and old mill house, as a vacation home for family reunions, weddings, and other special occasions throughout the summer.
The U.S. Forest Service has made several improvements, such as new lantern posts and number posts, new metal picnic tables, and fire rings for campsites. In the future, there are plans to add electric to the pavilion.
AmeriCorps groups and interns form Three Rivers Community College provided labor to improve the recreation area as well as clean the Eagle’s Bluff Trail over the summer. WAPC provided the new hand made sign at the Eagle’s Bluff Trail head, located in the electric loop near the barn. If you’ve never had the opportunity to walk the Eagle’s Bluff Trail, this is a great time of the year to do so. We encourage everyone to come and see the improvements and share this beautiful area with friends and family.
“The hosts, the U.S. Forest Service, and the WAPC would like to thank everyone for their contributions and volunteer labor at Markham Springs Recreation Area,” Shearrer said.
WAPC is always looking for volunteers to help improve recreation opportunities at Markham Springs, as well as the quality of life in Williamsville. If you are interested in helping, contact Brenda Shearrer (573) 998-2337 or Terry Eddy (573) 776-3574.