“It is pleasant to be called in the morning by a huge bell on the front lawn. The quiet gathering of the first breakfast people suggests the days of the old monastery life, while the rules and regulations, the notices and good advice given through the megaphone, give a most modern and up-to-date American atmosphere. The boat comes twice a day. Welcomes and good-byes and the right hand of fellowship permeate the whole place… The Life Work meetings under Mr. Fennel Turner held immediately after breakfast in the boat house where the sparkling water and early morning sunlight help to clarify one’s ideals of life are the beginning of many a grand decision.”
— “The Conference at Silver Bay” from The Home Missionary, 1908, Congregational Home Missionary Society, N.Y.