Chester Martin Remembers Lake Winnepesaukah

THAT is what everybody called it ‘way back when I was a kid growing up: Lake Winnepesaukah. The tendency to shorten names was not yet in vogue, and places with longer names, like Fort Oglethorpe had not yet become, “Fort O.” (“Cuzzin Clem” on radio station WAPO used to talk about “Mrs. Winnie’s Lake Winnepesaukah”, but he never shortened the name of the park, proper). The name, “Lake Winnepesaukah” had mystical, magical powers to my generation, and the very mention of the name could instantly mend a bad day.

If you want a good description of the physical park itself –

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