The Rowe Family
August 5, 2012
Grand Vue Park has undergone many improvements in the past few years and one family that knows firsthand of the upgrades is the Vernon and Jean Rowe family who reside in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Rowe family has spent a week at GVP for the past 31 years, the most recent having taken place in late July.
The family has continued to grow and since that first year when they needed only two cabins for 21 family members, and when they come now they utilize all the housing units at the park-a total of eight. This year the four generations of Rowe’s totaled 74.
They learned of Grand Vue as three of their seven children in 1981 were living and working in West Virginia, and after the first year they decided the facility had enough to offer that they wanted to continue to spend their vacations at the Marshall County location.
In recalling some of the changes which have taken place at the park, Vernon said the biggest has been in technology.
He said, "For several years there was a telephone booth on the roadway leading to the original four cabins, and our family kept the telephone lines buzzing. They had to have, of course, plenty of loose change to make their calls." He added, "Family members kept in contact with one another during their stay by the use of walkie-talkies."
"Of course, now everyone has a cell phone," Vernon said.
He further stated, "It used to be when we came to town one of the first things we did was to rent televisions as the cabins didn’t have TVs."
"In the early days the lodging facilities did not have air conditioning, so we brought our own electric fans," Rowe stated.
"Our family was excited to learn a couple years ago that the park had been equipped with wireless internet, which the children especially enjoy since many have laptop computers, Rowe stated.
He also pointed out that with Wi-Fi visitors to the park can use their credit cards for any admissions or purchases, and even book a reservation.
Vernon and eldest son John, who is in charge of coordinating the vacations, both remember the tennis courts, the swimming pool slide and other activities which have been replaced.
They both commended those responsible for adding three new cabins, built in the past few years, and the upgrading of the older cabins.
All the cabins in addition to the televisions, now have microwaves, and other appliances, along with full kitchens. The three new cabins each have washers and dryers.
According to the Rowe’s the older cabins are much more comfortable with not only upgraded appliances, but new beds and mattresses, and new windows.
How do the families spend their time at the park, well the youngsters especially enjoy the "new" swimming facility, the playground and the miniature golf, while the adults take part in golf, swimming miniature golf and this year they had the opportunity to "try out" the new Zip Line.
As to eating, the youngsters usually take a snack lunch to the pool, while it is the responsibility of each family to prepare one evening meal. Four of the family members were honored with birthday parties at these meals.
This year family members came from Indiana, South Carolina, New York State, Massachusetts, Illinois, Virginia, California, Florida and Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh).
Vernon Rowe, who is 88, said he and his family look forward every year to their stay at Grand Vue, and he had nothing but praise for the Park’s staff, and the Moundsville community.