Nestledown Farm

Below – the original, elaborate Nestledown estate, which was severely damaged by fire on April 25, 1923. The main house and barn burned down, but another house and barn were saved by the late-arriving Lakeport Fire department, who had gotten stuck in the mud on White Oaks Road.

This detail from an 1892 map pinpoints the location of the Zebley/Nestledown farm.

The Plantation House

In the mid 1940’s, Lillian Dana Carroll, the owner of the Weirs Hotel (the former Story’s Tavern) in Weirs Beach, had purchased Nestledown and changed its name to the Plantation House. Below, a late 1940’s brochure for the Plantation House, a “Modern Summer Resort Hotel”, showing the remaining buildings of the former Nestledown estate. They too burned down, on October 7, 1954. Today there are condominiums and houses spread throughout the 200 acres of the former estate. The estate’s valuable lake front property, at one time known as Pendleton Beach, is now the site of several elaborate private homes.
Below, an advertisement for the Plantation House from the Lakes Region Association’s 1949 Where To guidebook. The manager mentioned in the ad, Jack Dana, was owner Lillian Dana Carroll’s son.
Plantation House postcard
Plantation House photo, July, 1954

Pendleton Beach

Old postcards of Pendleton Beach, which was previously known as Pendleton’s Shore.

This aerial view, from the cover of a 1960s Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce brochure, shows the location of Pendleton beach, tucked into an arc along the curving shoreline.