Ponderosa History & Owners

Ponderosa History:

With buildings dating back to the 1800s the original Ponderosa property was 3,000 acres. The Ponderosa property was owned by Simon Musser and Tom Sturges during the 1960s.  After a few years of ownership, they divided the property in half. With his half, Simon, started a private game preserve.  From the early 1980’s to the mid 1990’s Si operated his own “pay to hunt” business called “The Ponderosa Hunts.” The Ponderosa Hunt was so popular it was even featured on Call of The Outdoors with host, Tom Fegley.  When Mr. Musser became ill, the property was divided even further into smaller plots.  Each plot was sold, except for the tract with the original buildings. In 1997 the original lodge burned down, and the new Ponderosa Lodge was then built.  The Doll House, is one of the original buildings from the 1800’s not affected by the fire.

Ponderosa Now:

Flash forward to 2003, The Hurst’s bought the 235 acres.  The cabins were remodeled and made available for rent.  Additions to the property in 20 years of ownership include: 9 hole executive golf course, volleyball court, log playhouse for children, and more! Today, the Ponderosa Lodge & Golf is perfect for family reunions, church retreats, youth group retreats, conferences, weddings, and more!

Meet the Owners:

Born & raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Ken and Marion Hurst, are excited to be the new owners/caretakers of this part of God’s world, Ponderosa Lodge & Golf. (Remember that the whole world belongs to Him.) They purchased the property in 2003. In 2013, Ken & Marion moved into the caretaker’s cabin on the property where they live year round. While enjoying your stay at the Ponderosa, you might run into 1 of their 5 children or 10 grandchildren! Please, if you have any questions at all – feel free to reach out.  We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about our property! Contact: ken.ponderosa@gmail.com or (570) 769-2271.