Dunn Family Home

 
 

If you read Jun Swan’s handwritten history of the War Game, you will find an extensive passage on the Dunn Family.  I was able to reach the current owners, who graciously invited me into their home.  It turns out that the matriarch Dunn who supported Pine Island was actually the aunt (not the mother) of Peter Dunn, who ultimately evicted Pine Island from the site. 

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Above are the stenciled wall patterns that Jun Swan mentions in his description of the Dunn home.  These were placed by a traveling stenciler from New Hampshire, who used brass templates for his designs.

Whispered fears among Pine Islanders of a mentally handicapped adult in the Dunn family who was “chained to a post” probably came from Abel Dunn.  In the late 1800s, he had periodic “spells” and was locked in this room (it is the only door in the house with a lock).  He was an excellent student in his youth, but ultimately was placed in an institution where he died.  It is most likely that campers and staff heard stories about him from neighbors, and serial exaggerations followed. 

The room where Louise Dunn was bedridden.  She welcomed Pine Island to Dunn’s Corners and took a great interest in the camp’s activities.  Jun Swan visited her often and would listen to stories of her childhood. 

An enormous white oak behind the Dunn home was probably an important landmark for both armies during the War Game.  It is featured on the battle map of Dunn’s Corners.

The Dunn home in 2012, beautifully preserved and maintained by knowledgeable and generous owners.