Back at 7 Yellow Meeting House Road, however, time was of the essence. The builders were building, the designers were planning, the landscapers were landscaping, and Frank and J.R. were working feverishly 24 hours each day, hoping to be ready for their projected opening day of June 28, 1999.
One of those people helping to get our new facility ready for its grand opening was Mr. James Harrison, a wonderful old man that loved to share stories of the past years of 7 Yellow Meeting House Road. You see, he knew all of the tales of this wonderful place because he lived them! For many years prior to meeting Frank and J.R. at Frogbridge, this property had many uses and many names, and Mr. Harrison, the facilities caretaker, was there for all of them. He told us the story of the years when 7 Yellow Meeting House Rd. was a private lakefront swim club. So private in fact, that celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow even visited here during the summer. He even had the pictures to prove it!
Throughout his stay with us, he taught us many things that helped to make Frogbridge the incredible place it is today. To sit and listen to all of his amazing stories was a thing of beauty. We learned so much from Jimmy. From his stories, to his on-site knowledge of the property, his presence was extraordinary. He even taught J.R. to drive a tractor!
And if you were one of the first families to tour our facility back in 1998 or 1999, your tour was given on a hayride, pulled by a tractor. The tractor belonged to Mr. Harrison, the tour guide was Frank, and the driver of the tractor was J.R.!
Sadly, James Harrison passed away just months before our spectacular grand opening in June of 1999. It was then that J.R. came up with a wonderful way to recognize the man that had spent most of his life living, teaching and working at 7 Yellow Meeting House Road. “Our mascot still needs a name”, he said. “And what better name than Harrison J. Frog. It will be recognized as a tribute to Jimmy.” He will forever be in our hearts!
So there you have it folks, the story of how Frogbridge came to be and how Harry J got his name. Do you have any thoughts on how Tadpole Village, Ribbits Ice Cream Arcade or Frogarita’s got their names? I think you can figure it out!