Thursday, July 25, 2013

Abandoned Places: The Old Lake Waramaug Casino

Friday the 13th: Part II fans will know this as the bar that Ginny, Paul, Ted and the rest of the counselors went to while the others were left at the camp to be slaughtered by Jason. Most of us fans also know that the place burned down not long after filming. The blog Squidoo; Abandoned Places featured bar, The Old Lake Waramaug Casino and had this to say:
An active nightspot for decades in Litchfield County Connecticut, the old Lake Waramaug Casino seen its scores of locals and out of state visitors for many years. My best guess is that it was built in the 1930's or early 1940's. In 1980 it was used as backdrop of both its interior and exterior in the Hollywood production of "Friday the 13th part 2", other parts of the lake and its bordering town of New Preston was also used as a backdrop too. The movie was released in 1981 and a year or so later the structure caught fire and burned to the ground. This photograph was taken in 1981 while visiting the area.
This is how the land looks as of 2003, thanks to Bong Tokin' Chuckles and the website. This is the description that accompanied the photograph:
The casino where the counselors go to party was located on West Shore Road, in New Preston. It burned down over 20 years ago, only a few years after filming. This picture is of the land and road where the building used to stand. It is now a private residential property. 
Again, thanks Brandon Middleton for this tip!