Strafford's Own Chuck Sherman

Catching up with.... Chuck Sherman

Submitted a year ago
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Bob Bauer

Dartmouth alum has been active in upgrading the college's lodges and cabins

Dartmouth's recent dedication of its new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge has been in the news, giving us the opportunity to catch up with Strafford's own Chuck Sherman, who has been involved in upgrading the Dartmouth Outing Club's (DOC) extensive network of lodges and cabins during the past several years.

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As a student, Chuck -- a member of the Class of 1966 -- was an active member of Cabin & Trail (C&T), part of the DOC. At the time, he helped build the DOC cabin on Armington Lake in Piermont, NH, and the Applachian Trail shelter on Moose Mountain in Lyme.

When he retired and moved to Strafford 12 years ago, he volunteered to work with current C&T students, helping to replace the Fred Harris Cabin on Moose Mountain in Lyme, which had fallen into disrepair.  As it neared completion, Chuck learned that the DOC was short of funds, and that naming rights were available. He was then president of his class, and jumped on the opportunity to give his class some recognition. The new lodge was named the Class of 1966 Lodge, and has a plaque listing the nearly 300 of his classmates who contributed to the construction and upkeep of the lodge. It is used by many students, teams, and Upper Valley residents.

Class of 1966 Lodge

Chuck also has worked on new bunkhouses near the college's Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, learning timber framing techniques along the way. He points out that the facilities at Moosilauke have classroom and laboratory space as well as bunk lodging, reinforcing Dartmouth's reputation of providing learning situations outdoors and in the years following graduation.

Chuck is one of several Dartmouth alums who now call Strafford home, including yours truly. As Chuck says, we are all lucky to have found such a great place to live!

The new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge


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