During the fifties, Al and Jane Mason operated “Mason’s Cottages” in Cleverdale on the east side of the point. In 1954, they purchased 21 acres of land on the southwest side of Cleverdale, inspired to create a “cottage colony” where families could come for the summer and feel that they were at their “home away from home”.
Al and Jane first saw the name “Takundewide” in the book A History of the Town of Queensbury. In it, author A.W. Holden writes that “Takundewide” was the Native American name of Harris’s Bay on Lake George, “so called on the ‘Map of the Middle British Provinces’ by T. Pownal, M.P., Lond, 1776.” Further research provided our best interpretation of this Iroquoian word: “from the place of power and peace.”
Al began building the cottages almost immediately after purchasing the land in 1954. In 1961, the business was incorporated as “Takundewide, Inc”. Jane managed the rentals until the late seventies. Their son and his wife, Bill and Lynne, began managing the property in 1978 and still do so today, 40 years later! In 1985, Takundewide, Inc. became a homeowner’s association. Takundewide Homeowner’s Association, Inc. is managed by Takundewide Management Group, Inc. owned and operated by Bill and Lynne Mason. Each guest cottage is privately owned; no two are furnished or decorated alike. All of the owners welcome you to join them at the lakeside property that they love. We are sure that you will love it, too.