The Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic order, purchased the property in 1956 and opened it as a summer camp for girls in 1957. Many of the sisters from the order taught in the Burlington area Catholic schools, and would spend summers as instructors at the camp. Marycrest was one of the Sisters’ leading ministries and was a way to offer a camp experience primarily to Vermont girls. Marycrest hosted thousands of young girls in their summer programs, many of whom would not have been financially able to attend summer camp.
Grand Isle Lake House (1998 through the present)
This property and building, which now comprise the Grand Isle Lake House, were donated as a generous gift to the Preservation Trust of Vermont in 1997. After assessing the viability of converting the existing facility, the decision to create a meeting and event facility was made. In an effort to best serve the mission of the Trust, the building was restored to its original splendor, with the help of many benefactors, and is currently used for both private and nonprofit functions. In doing so, the Preservation Trust has preserved one of Vermont and Lake Champlain’s waterfront treasures, while generating income to support other Vermont communities and organizations in their preservation efforts. In choosing the Grand Isle Lake House for your special event you will also be making a contribution to the historic preservation of this and many other Vermont treasures.