Home Ecology History Photos Articles Camps Contribute  


Ansley CampThe cottage next eastward along the shore was built about 1883 by A.D. Gibbs of Burlington, and has since then been in the hands of five generations of that family. It's recent former owner, Donald, who considerably improved the structure, lived at Chappaqua and more recently in Ossining, New York. After his death in 1995 the camp passed to his widow, Jocelyn. Donald's mother was a friend of the Carrolls, a daughter of the Staleys, and until her death one of our oldest old-timers, and was the original author of our printed history.

Her son, Donald Staley Gibbs (1904-1995), spent all of his summers here at the camp. His greatest thrill was as a very young boy when Captain Jack of the 'Ticonderoga' called and said, "Here Don, you catch the line", as the graceful ship came in to the Big Dock. Thompson's Point was a major part of his life, and because of his love for it he wrote countless poems - he called "doggerel" - for and about Thompson's Point. Although the fifth generation of Gibbs made its presence felt at the Point in 1996 in the person of Donald Staley Gibbs III, the cottage has now passed to Donald & Jocelyn’s daughter, Ruthie Gibbs Nye.

Back | Next | Home