Eugobode Cottages

Ashabula County abigails

Beginning in 1932, Virgil T. Bogue built the Eugobode Cottages on a former apple orchard site. He used frame construction on a crawl space and built the cottages to residential standards Both two-bedroom and four-bedroom cottages were built, and all featured hardwood floors.

One of the Eugobode cottages under construction.

Virgil and his wife Gladys (Wilcox) were married in June 1917. Ten years later, they purchased Silver Sands Cottage at the west end of The Strip. Virgil was intensely interested in both his family and local history, and served as a trustee for the Ashtabula County Historical Society.

Virgil Bogue (front of bike), the cottages’ builder.

The couple had three children: Nelson, Marie and Virgil W.

Eugobode is “Ode” plus “Bogue” spelled backwards.

Nelson Bogue in his hot dog stand. Wood was painted to look like brick; the building still stands.

In the mid-1940s, Nelson, a teenager, opened a hot dog stand in front of the cottages. The left side of the structure, still on this site, was framed with material from the old Bird Cage dance hall. Nelson and his wife, Marilyn, ran the cottages after Virgil died; Marilyn sold them in 2010, and they were renamed “Abigail’s.”

Our guests remember:

Pirl Beach

I spent the summer of 1942 in Pirl Beach (at age 16) and worked part time for the manager pulling weeds and such. Also swam every day. My Pittsburgh relatives had reserved a cottage there for many years. My aunt and cousins stayed. My uncle commuted weekly in his Buick. The Pirl Beach manager used a Model T Ford truck for his chores.

Ken Ford

Memories of Ford's

Most of my summer childhood memories are at Ford’s! My parents met there right at the picnic table. We vacationed there every summer along with my grandparents and great aunt and uncle until they passed away. We made amazing friends there that we still vacation with on Putnam Drive!! I could never thank the Payne’s enough for my childhood memories. Playing Indians in the huge back yard, solving make-believe mysteries, playing release and listening to everyone playing penny poker when my sister and I should have been sleeping. I now bring my son to Geneva every summer. He is the 5th generation at Geneva!

Sara Turner Campos

Chestnut Grove

My extended family and I vacationed at Chestnut Grove from 1948-1964. Being from McKeesport, it was a dream come true to go there every summer. I currently live in Michigan but go back occasionally. Not too long ago, I found a post card of some of the cottages where the swings and horseshoe pit were and a local artist is making me a 24×36 painting of it. I can't wait to see it! So many wonderful memories and so few things left as reminders. It is nice to know that others still remember and care.

Michelle Turner ( a Chestnut Grove Kid)


We vacationed every summer at Idle-A-While in the late '50s and early '60s, partially because my aunt was the receptionist there. I often got to ring the bell summoning guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, which was staffed by co-eds from various universities. Evenings were spent playing bingo, fascination and other games on the strip or bridge and poker back at Idle-A-While. Great memories.
John Bloom

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