Gibson's Grove & Turner's Landing: Lake Buel's Century as a Summer Resort
George M. Gibson hammered together a wooden pavilion at the foot of the hill on his Hartsville farm in 1875, so picnickers visiting the pine glade at the south end of Lake Buel would have shelter if it rained. He docked an excursion steamboat at Gibson's Grove the next year, in time for a gala celebration of the nation's centennial. He sold candy and cigars and booked musicians and speakers. He leased cottages along the shore. The lake's popularity exploded.