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Great Seneca Lodge

14500 Clopper Rd,
Boyds, MD 20841
Great for Portraits
but not in our standard portraits service area.

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The Great Seneca Lodge in Boyds, Maryland, has a rich history and a serene natural setting that make it an ideal location for events. The lodge, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1948, has served as a retreat for government officials and a training center for the CCC. It now operates as a popular venue for weddings and other events.

The lodge’s location is one of its biggest draws. Situated in Camp Seneca, a public park managed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the lodge is surrounded by lush woods and offers a stunning panoramic view. Its outdoor setting makes it a great location for events that are nature-themed or have an outdoor component.

In addition to its natural beauty, the lodge’s spaciousness and versatility also make it a great option for events. It can accommodate up to 120 people for a sit-down dinner or up to 200 people for a reception. This makes it an excellent choice for both small and large events.

The lodge’s rustic charm and cozy atmosphere add to its appeal. Decorated with wood paneling and stone fireplaces, it has a warm and inviting feel. It is also well-maintained and affordable, with rental rates that are very reasonable considering the quality of the facilities.

Despite its many benefits, there are some challenges to using the Great Seneca Lodge for portrait photography. One potential issue is the high permitting fee, which may discourage some photographers from using the location for portrait sessions. However, the lodge remains an excellent choice for events that require a picturesque and serene setting.

Location Limitations:

The permitting fee to use this location for portraits is excessively high compared to the location’s relative mediocrity, and unless one feels a sense of sentimental attachment to this particular location for portraits, it’s recommended that people seeking to have portraits made choose one of the many similar alternatives with more reasonable fees.

Great Seneca Lodge

14500 Clopper Rd
Boyds, MD 20841

Portrait Permits & Costs

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Great Seneca Lodge is not in our standard portraits service area and will require a travel charge to hold your portrait session here.

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Parking is available in the on site parking lot.

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