Mighty Oak Cabins
The land where Mighty Oak Cabins resides is full of colorful history. Dating back to the 1800s, the historic events that took place on Anvil Lake is what makes it a unique part of the Northwoods.
Earliest records as a Lumber Camp
The earliest record of events dates back to the late 1800s when the land was part of a major lumbering camp. Lead by Mr. Archemball and Mr. Demoy, the camp was in business until the early 1900s.
Croatian Farmers Arrive
When the vast forests had been cut over and the lumbermen had departed, Joseph Habrich took possession of the land, a settlement of Croation immigrants developed on the site of the old lumber camp. Between 1915-1920, Joseph Habrich brought 100 of his countrymen to the Eagle River Area and settled about 35 families on Anvil Lake.
From Lumber to Potatoes
Habrich also organized the Farmer's Welfare Association which was composed of Croatian farmers. The Croatians farmed potatoes on the shores of Anvil Lake. The Croatian settlement and potato farm was soon driven out by the harsh winters that killed production.
Introducing Camp Glen Eden
In the early 1930s, George and Lilian Branovitz of Chicago acquired the land and established Camp Glen Eden. This lively Summer camp was made for young Jewish boys from the Chicago area as a getaway from the rising Gangster Era. Glen Eden was a fun camp filled with outdoor activities from water skiing and scuba diving, to hunting and archery. The camp lasted 8-weeks and averaged 100 campers each Summer.