Of all the topics I’ve written about on The Vintage Traveler, the one that generates the most email is that of summer camps. As I’ve written before, my area was famous for its summer camps, most of which are long closed. One that seems to universally generate fond memories is Camp Dellwood. Camp Dellwood was founded in 1926, and sometime later an adjoining camp, Hemlock, was added for boys. It closed in 1973.
I can remember riding by the camp as a child, as it sat right off the road that we took to travel to my father’s family in the far western part of North Carolina. I was always envious of the girls riding horses in the riding rink. The archery targets were set up there as well.
I received these photos from Carol Hastings Sanders, who attended the six-week sessions of Camp Dellwood in 1954, 1955, 1959, and 1960. She used these pictures, as well as dozens of her own photos and some 16mm movies, to make a 30-minute video, “Going Away to Summer Camp,” with a voiceover describing camp life. She made it to share with her family and friends, and would be happy to share it with any former campers who are interested.
These photos come from a promotional brochure that Carol says was given out in 1960. Many of the photos are older though, as they tended to use the same photos year after year.
I’d love to hear from any Camp Dellwood or Hemlock campers, and if you are interested in Carol’s video I can get her contact information to you.
I’m sure this is a creek or spring fed lake, and I just imagine how cold that water was, even in July!