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ORIGINS OF COLD SPRING CAMP

 

 


             During July 1913, J.B. Cobb of Stamford, Connecticut, and A.H. Cosden of Southhold , L. I., visited Matapedia,  at the invitation of Alexander and Max Mowatt to fish the waters belonging to them on the Matapedia River. These waters were located between Mill Spring Station and the lower boundary of Prentice Pool.  Soon after this Cobb and Cosden bought the property, the distance between the upper and lower boundaries being about six miles.   The title of the property was taken during the early part of 1914.  During the same year the land at the mouth of Clark's Brook was purchased from a Mr. Pratt. 

            In 1915 Cobb and Cosden bought all the waters belonging to the Restigouche Salmon Club located between the upper boundary of  Mann's Pool and the lower boundaries of the club. A distance of about one mile.  The club pools at that time were - STATION, JIM'S ROCK, THREE ISLANDS, HOME, CLARK'S BROOK, MCKEIL, MANN, PRENTICE AND MILL.

          The camp house was completed in the spring of 1915 and was named COLD SPRING CAMP after the wonderful spring located about 1600 ft. up the mountain side from which the camp received its water supply.
         Following the death of Mr. Cobb, Cold Spring Camp was left to his grandson, George Washington Hill II.  GW Hill II passed the camp on to his father, GW Hill senior,  who at the time was president of the American Tobacco Company. The senior Mr. Hill made the camp his summer home for many years, until his death. A photo of him - not practicing conservation -- is shown at the right.

         Mr. Hill  died at the Camp in the summer of 1946. Once again the Cold Spring  was left to his son George W. Hill Jr. 

       In 1947 GW Hill Jr sold the property and fishing rights to his good friend Andrew Fraser - a lawyer from New York City.  Mr. Fraser purchased the abutting Alexander water and added a number of pools to Cold Spring. He fished at the camp for 19 years until 1966 when it was sold to John G. Martin, the founder of Heublein Spirits. 

Mr Martin, being prescient in many areas, bought fifteen reels from a stranger traveling down the river one day - and even today Cold Spring has those fifteen Bogdan reels; and until his death Stan Bogdan still returned to fish on the Cold Spring waters. 

After spending fourteen summers at the Camp, in 1980, Mr. Martin sold the property to George Washington Hill's daughter, Mary Hill Randolph. Mrs. Randolph made Cold Spring her summer home again until her death. In 1985 she received a national fly fishing award for her work on salmon conservation. Mary's Pool is named for her. 

Cold Spring Camp has been operating as a private club and fishing camp for over a hundred years.