The von Trapp Chronology
|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|
|1945||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.