Best Historic Resort (2001)

Winks Lodge

Beginning in the early 1920s, Winks Lodge gave African-Americans their very own private retreat in the mountains -- an important resource, since other resorts were often closed to them. Some of the best-known entertainers of the day, including Lena Horne and Duke Ellington, are said to have visited the lodge, located right on South Boulder Creek in Lincoln Hills. The resort also included lots for private cabins and Camp Nezoni, the only YWCA camp for black women between Missouri and the West Coast. Although the lodge ceased operation in the 1960s, through the efforts of Bertha Calloway, who attended Camp Nezoni as a child, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks in the 1980s.


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