Shady Lawn House, And Dart Boat Company.

SHADY LAWN HOUSE – Lake Hopatcong NJ

A huge thanks to Bob Kays for this cool photo of Shady Lawn House. What a great name for a hotel. The name congers up some amazing warm images. Also a huge shout out to the Ramsey Bros for keeping the Dart Boat Company name going. Take it away Bob!

The sign, The Wicker Sisters grand parents. The Whicker Spinsters and a bunch of folks just flopping and watching.

When looking at the photo, I saw the banner advertising Dart Boats in front of the Shady Lawn House on Lake Hopatcong. I wondered why. As you can see from the ad in the Lake Hopatcong Breeze, The hotel had a great promotion to sell boats. The ad is correct, twilight and moonlit rides are delightful! The hotel photo would have been between 1929 and 1933.

The ad

Built just after the turn of the century, the From Marty Kane’s “Hopatcong” Shady Lawn House was located just north of Hopatcong State Park, where West Shore Ave now runs. The hotel could accommodate 30 guests. It was renamed the West Shore Hotel in 1914 and changed back to the Shady Lawn in 1929. The hotel was destroyed by fire in December 1933.


The boat pictured is a 1928 26 Dart Kermath 150 hp, “Daydreamer” owned by longtime lake resident Skip Shipman. The boat is currently in from the Dart Boat Company HAPPY HEADER DAY, JUST HIT REFRESH, or the logo and old headers will apear. Apper, Apeair?


8 replies
  1. John F Rothert
    John F Rothert says:

    Great Old Photo convinces more than ever that “those were the days”!

    Pretty but chilly here in ole Va. today…soon to go boating.

    John in Va

  2. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Looks like it would have been a fun place to stay. The photo and advertisment was probably a promotion during the heart of the Great Depression. Maybe thats why it burned in 1933, some insurance money? Just speculating. Thanks for sharing Bob. 30 degrees here in Ohio 16 degrees in the U P. this morning. No boating today.

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