How a beloved Maine household seaside is altering to maintain up with the instances

Joe Jenkins can’t depend what number of instances somebody has come as much as him over the many years and requested to purchase Jenkins Seashore, his household’s resort on Inexperienced Lake in Dedham that has served as a summer season escape for native households and vacationers for near a century.

Each time some wealthy man got here as much as him together with his checkbook open, Jenkins stated no. He has no curiosity by any means in turning his small lakeside resort right into a playground for the rich.

“They all the time say, ‘All people’s obtained a worth, and I’ll discover yours,’ and I simply form of snort and say, ‘good luck,’” stated Jenkins, now 81, the third era of the Jenkins household to function the resort. “One man advised me he might purchase and promote this place 100 instances over. And I stated ‘I don’t know the way you’d do this, since I’m not promoting it.’”