Lake White Club|
"Hospitality at It's Finest"
When you walk in through the entrance of the Lake White Club, you're virtually stepping back in time almost two centuries. The huge timbers you see forming the walls of the foyer are the original walls of a log cabin built on this spot in the mid 1820's. The land was filling up quickly in those days. The Ohio-Erie Canal, which could be seen from the cabin's windows, was an artery of travel for new settlers moving west.
The cleared fields of the Scioto Valley, surrounding the newly built log cabin, were considerably changed from the day in 1785, when Peter Patrick discovered this area of Ohio Territory. At that time, the land was still Indian country and the Shawnees were fighting desperately to keep it.
Patrick was one of the growing number of white settlers attracted by the territory's fertile ground and abundant timber. Leaving his wife and children camped along the Scioto River, close to where Portsmith would one day stand, he began walking north with three companions. At a spot close to the future site of Waverly he happened upon a gently flowing creek running through a beautifully forested valley. If he had any dream of settling here, it was shattered forever by the sudden attack of an Indian hunting party. The four men fought for their lives as they retreated toward the Ohio river. Only two of them made it back, one of them being Patrick.
By the late 1790's the Shawnees had moved west, leaving the area in peace. The promise of rich acreage brought John Winston from Virginia to lay claim to 700 hundred acres, including the present site of the Lake White Club.
"John Winston died in 1837, his relatives in sophisticated Richmond Virginia, saw little value in the distant backwoods property and unloaded it for a mere $1,829, about $2.60 an acre.
The lake was completed in August of 1935, but was expected to take months to fill. However, one night, less than a week later, the area was drenched by a terrific storm. The next morning, occupants of the cabin stared out in amazement at a beautiful and completely filled lake. Shortly afterward, Ohio's Governor White, for whom Lake White is named, dedicated the new body of water.
The following year, the log cabin kitchen started preparing delicious fried chicken for visitors coming from all over the state to visit the scenic spot. In 1938, it officially took the name of the Lake White Club. The restaurant, and its chicken, quickly became so popular that a huge screened-in porch had to be added to the log cabin dinning room. This porch, now enclosed is the present dining room. A few years ago, the log cabin was converted into an entrance foyer and lounge.
One of the first things you see as you enter the door, is a life-sized photograph of George D. Nye with his hand extended in welcome. As the man most responsible for the development of Lake White, this lounge is dedicated to his memory. As you pass through the cabin to the dining room, remember you are looking at the original logs cut from the surrounding hills and laid up in the 1820's. Also notice the large fireplace built entirely of stone taken from Pee Pee Creek.
In 1970, Dick & Audrey Ford purchased the Club and continue the tradition of serving some of the area's best fried chicken . . . along with a full menu of other delicious dinners. As your host and hostess, they welcome you to the Lake White Club and a legacy of fine food dating back over a half century . . . flavored with a dash of Ohio's history.