History

It all started with a Spark. A spark of an idea to build a special kind of gathering place.

It started almost a century ago, when Russian logger Ivan Sesow built the Wonder View Log Pavilion as a roadside dancehall. With its infamous “sin cabins” and bootleg liquor, the 1924 roadhouse earned a rowdy reputation. In 1938, the Parrish and deSchweinitz families acquired the property, dubbing it Johnny Seesaw’s as a nod to its founder and developing it as one of the area’s first ski lodges. Countless patrons, parties, fireside chats and wild nights later, the inn still celebrates all things Vermont in the same convivial spirit. 

Seesaw's Lodge History

1761
Originally called Brumley, the town is chartered by the Royal Governor of New Hampshire Benning Wentworth.
1804
The town is renamed "Peru" after the gold-rich South American country. The first sawmill is built in the area. Logging becomes the dominant industry for more than a century.
1805
Benjamin Barnard Jr. buys the land where Seesaw's stands today for $400, building a small log house and a barn.
1924
After passing through a series of hands, the land is sold to Russian immigrant Ivan Sesow and his wife Vinnie for a grand total of one dollar.
1931
As the Great Depression deepens, Sesow and his wife take out multiple loans to keep the Wonder View afloat. Contrary to local legend, Sesow doesn't lose the property in a poker game, but defaults on a loan.
1932
The federal government establishes the Green Mountain National Forest, laying the groundwork for the local ski industry to thrive.
1933
The Civilian Conservation Corps constructs the first downhill trail on Bromley Mountain.
1938
At the encouragement of his mother, avid skier Lew deSchweinitz along with his friends Bill and Mary Parrish buy the neglected property and turns it into a ski lodge.
1942
The Parrishes establish the High Mountain Farm on the inn property, enabling Johnny Seesaw's to stay open and attract tourists to the areas on lean times.
1974
The deSchweinitzes retire from the business, while the Parrishes help transition the property to its new owners who fail to attract new guests, and the operation eventually lands in serious debt.
1980
Gary Okun and his wife Nancy buy the property and become great stewards of Seesaw's in the modern era, operating seven days per week, always bustling with locals and out of towners.
2015
Fate brings the Prins, Eastman and DiDomenico families together to restore the neglected property. The partners look forward to welcoming visitors and locals alike to a new chapter of the Seesaw's legacy.
2018
Igniting Summer 2018