The von Trapp Chronology

the von Trapp Kids  von Trapp Family Singers

Date Description
1880 Birth of Georg von Trapp 1905 A native of Zillertal, Tirol, Austria, Maria Augusta Kutschera born in Vienna on January 26th.
1924 Maria becomes a candidate for the novitiate at Nonnberg Benedictine Convent
1926 Maria was chosen by the Mother Abbess to help the Baron Georg von Trapp with his seven children and tutor young Maria who had contracted scarlet fever.
1927 Georg and Maria wed on November 26th; Maria becomes step-mother of Rupert, Werner, Johanna, Agathe, Maria, Martina and Hedwig
1929 Rosmarie von Trapp, Maria and the Baron's first child, is born
1931 Daughter Eleonore born.
1936 Maria and Monsignor Franz Wasner begin the Trapp Family Singers ( originally The Trapp Family Chorus)   
1938 Family flees Nazi-occupied Austria; concert tours throughout Europe followed by a three month tour in America
1939 Family emigrates to U.S. and settles in Merion, PA; Maria's only son, Johannes von Trapp, is born
1942 The Trapp Family purchases part of the old Gale Farm, Stowe, VT, and name it Cor Unum (One Heart), later to become the Trapp Family Lodge
1944 Trapp Music Camp opens
1947 Baron Georg von Trapp dies
1948 First addition made to the lodge to accommodate guests; Pope Pius XII honors Maria with Bene Merenti Medal for Trapp Family Austrian Relief, Inc. which aided thousands of Austrians during World War II
1950 Maria wins St. Francis de Sales Golden Book Award from the Catholic Writers Guild for best book of non fiction, The Trapp Family Singers; award winning Broadway hit and Oscar-winning film, The Sound of Music, based on this book.
1950 Stone chapel built in honor of WWII soldiers
1956 Final Trapp Family Singers concert in the United States
1959 Rodgers & Hammerstein's Sound of Music opens on Broadway; Mary Martin plays Maria
The von Trapp family concentrates on lodge business
1965 The Sound of Music movie premiers, starring Julie Andrews
1967 Maria awarded the Honorary Cross First Class for Science and Art by the Austrian Government for cultural endeavors
1968 Johannes von Trapp oversees the opening of the Cross Country Ski Center, the First of its kind in the U.S. and considered the foremost cross country ski touring center in America today
1980 Old Lodge burns to the ground in tragic fire on December 20th. Cause of the fire remains unknown.
1981 Construction of chalet guest houses and new lodge begins
1983 In December, first guest registers at the new Trapp Family Lodge
1983 Concert in the Meadow series begins
1984 Maria dedicates new lodge; Fitness Center opens
1987 Maria dies after a short illness
1993 Year of Celebrations! 10th Anniversary of new Trapp Family Lodge and 25th Anniversary of the Cross Country Ski Center
1996 Snow Country Magazine names Trapp Family Lodge "Finest Cross-Country Ski Resort in the United States
1997 Austrian Military Academy visits Trapp Family Lodge in honor of Captain Georg von Trapp on the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Full ceremony at the gravesite with von Trapp family in attendance.

The Sound of Music re-opens on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre. Von Trapp family members attend the gala opening.

Family Fun magazine highlights TFL’s “Family Package” as the “Family Traveler’s Great Deal.

Lodge earns environmental designation as a “Green Hotel in the Green Mountain State.”

Gourmet Magazine’s Reader’s Poll names TFL among the top 5 hotels in America as “Tops for Pursuits and Pleasures” in the Skiing/Winter Sports category.

Trapp Family Lodge adds 24,000 square foot meeting space and accommodations. Three meeting rooms and twenty-three guest rooms and suites.

2004 The first four Villas at Trapp Family Lodge are completed and sold. The project to be spread out over a five year period with a total of forty units built.

Sam von Trapp, son of Johannes becomes Vice President of the Lodge.

Werner dies October 11, 2007.

Trapp Family Lodge starts developing mountain bike trails on the 2500 acre property.

Sam von Trapp implements snowmaking for the cross-country ski center.


The Lodge celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Cross-country ski center.

Johannes & Sam von Trapp were highlighted in the New York Times Christmas Day.

Trapp Family Lodge was featured and ABC National World News along with airing their first commercial during the “The Sound of Music”

2009 The Austrian Tea Room is converted to the Delibakery

Trapp Lager is introduced in April.

Agathe dies  December 28, 2010.

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