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Old 02-02-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Manhannock Island?

An old advertisement for the now defunct Camp Idlewild lists the location as Manhannock Island.

Consulting Bizer's list, I see no Manhannock Island. Rattlesnake Gal's wonderful thread "Winnipesuakee Camps Remembered" contains some links to old Camp Idlewild brochures. This page seems to indicate that the camp was located on Cow Island...

Is there a Cow Islander out there who might be able to explain how this island goes by two different names?
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Last I knew there was only the 2 commonly used names. Guernsey and Cow.
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Old 02-02-2008, 07:57 PM   #3
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Talking Manhannock Island

In the Camp Idlewild 1912 Catalog in the lodge and location, it states that the name Manhannock Island is the Indian name, which means "place of great merrymaking." Interesting catalog!

Thanks McDude for the closer look at this island!

According to Bruce Heald’s book, Lake Winnipesaukee, the first herd of Guernsey cows imported to America were placed in quarantined here. This accounts for the island's name of Guernsey Island, which later became Cow Island.
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Old 07-21-2015, 08:22 AM   #4
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Default Three different names

A rose by any other name......

I know this is an older topic, but thanks to the lake level discussion on a different thread, I finally located the 1900 map showing Cow island as Manhannock Island.


Earlier maps, i.e. 1885, show it as Cow Island. The 1900 map is somewhat of a "tourist destination" map and I suspect Camp Idlewild (est. in 1891), which owned most of Cow Island, attempted to make it a bit more attractive with an indian name. It used the name Manhannock in it's promotional brochures cited by RG above. But, alas it did not stick and has remained Cow island, even after attempts to also change it to Guernsey Island: On February 2, 1933, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill to change the name of Cow Island to Guernsey Island. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr. Andrew L. Felker, had sponsored the change, while Major Otis G. Hammond, Director of the New Hampshire Historical Society, had opposed it. Governor H. Styles Bridges approved the new name that August when he inspected the restoration of the old grain mill on the island.

Hey, at least we're not Pig island!
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Old 09-22-2015, 02:05 PM   #5
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The 1912 brochure refers to Manhannock Island
(place of great merry making)
RG's links went bad

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