Something about the idea of summer camp seems so old fashioned. I can’t imagine girls today wanting to attend camp. But my area, which has had thriving camps since the 1910s still has a few that seem to be doing fairly well.
Above is a group shot of Camp Dellwood, which was located about five miles from where I live. I can remember it as a child in the 1960s, or rather, I remember the sign and the archery range, which was all that was visible from the highway. It must have closed by the 70s.
In this close-up you can see that in 1931, these campers were still wearing bloomers. but most of them are pretty short – over the knee. It could be that these were “special” uniforms, as I can’t imagine that they wore all white to hang out in the woods!
There was also, just up the road from Camp Dellwood, Camp Junaluska. Here is an ad from a 1941 Vogue.
As far as I know, there is only one girl’s camp remaining in my county – Skyland Camp . It sits on a hill just across my little town. In the morning we can hear their announcements and at night we can hear their recording of Taps. This camp was started in 1917 on the site of an old hotel. The hotel was being closed, and an impulse, a woman guest bought it at a public auction on the site. The hotel still stands, though it has seen better days.
But Hendersonville, about 45 miles away, has a thriving camp industry. Last week all the camps held a job fair, and they were swamped by job seekers. And not just the usual collage students looking for a fun summer job – many of the applicants were out-of-work adults looking for a temporary job to make ends meet. Hopefully the camps will be full and will provide these needed jobs.
Posted by sonia:
this is beautiful just love your site I have only just started on my own site. Thanks for letting me visit nice.
Saturday, February 21st 2009 @ 1:53 PM
Posted by Nancy:
I attended Camp Dellwood from 1966 until it closed in 1973. What fun to see these photos on your website!
Thursday, April 23rd 2009 @ 5:56 AM
Posted by Lizzie:
Nancy, Thanks for posting. I want to know more!!
Thursday, April 23rd 2009 @ 6:48 AM
Posted by Dale:
I started attending Camp Dellwood after Camp Montreat closed. Loved the pictures! Thanks for posting.:)
Thursday, April 23rd 2009 @ 3:51 PM
Posted by “Sparkles” Margaret Crum:
What a great pic! My in-laws, the Crums purchased Dellwood in the 1940’s and you are right about it closing…1973 to be exact. I attended as a camper and counselor from 1960-1972. A camp reunion was held in 2006 and 2008. Great memories!:)
Wednesday, May 6th 2009 @ 1:28 PM
Posted by Kathryn Glover:
I attended Camp Dellwood in 1962 & 1963, then was an Arts & Crafts Director in 1969. The Krumm.s ran the camp then. I have great memories from being there.
Monday, June 15th 2009 @ 7:54 PM
Posted by Beverly Griffin:
I attended Camp Dellwood for several years in the fifties. I know for sure I was there in 1954 because the cost of a first class postage stamp went up from three to four cents that summer. Fred Crum, who was the camp director then, introduced my parents (Edna Earl Clausel from Memphis, Chattanooga, and Lookout Mountain, TN, and Ashton Thomas Griffin Jr. of Goldsboro, NC) to each other. I have fond memories of Dellwood and also of its companion, Camp Hemlock for boys. I fell in love every summer with at least one Hemlock camper. Note to Margaret Crum- I tried to link to “Sparkles” without success. If remember correctly, the Crums had two children. You must have married one of them. Are there any records of campers’ names from the fifties? I remember a few names, but mostly just first names. Buried somewhere in some closet or attic corner of my house, I think there is a box of photos containing pictures of the camp. If I find them, I’d be happy to share. Cheers, Bev
Sunday, August 23rd 2009 @ 8:33 PM
Posted by melanie:
My sister and I visited the Asheville area recently to find the Dellwood Camp area where our mother and 2 aunts were in 1930-33. We discovered (after asking about 6 people) where the camp was located. It is off of Old Clyde Road, which is just east of 209 on the dam side of Junaluska Lake. Turn left into FoxFire Estates. The camp was located at the top of the semi circle road. The old water fountain and some steps are viewable from the road. o:)
Tuesday, September 15th 2009 @ 10:55 AM
Posted by Lizzie:
Melanie, That is good to know. I need to ride over there and take photos.
Thursday, September 17th 2009 @ 11:26 AM
Posted by Vicki Murdock:
I have a friend Margaret Brice who was a counselor in the mid 1930’s. I’d like to have any photos of Western NC summer camps from the 30’s to teach the current camp “kids” what it was like generations ago. Has anyone heard of Camp Tonawanda in Hendersonville? It was used by the Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC
Wednesday, March 31st 2010 @ 9:58 AM
Posted by C Dibble:
I attended Camp Hemlock in the 50s . . . and last rode by the site in about 1978 when the gym – deserted – was still visible from the highway. Talked with a fellow camper today and we were trying to pinpoint the exact location and not having much luck. US 19 near Dellwood … but where? I see Eagle’s Nest on the map. Any landmarks today on US 19???
Thursday, July 1st 2010 @ 8:04 AM
Posted by Lizzie:
CD, I really don’t know the exact location of Hemlock, but I may be able to find out.
Friday, July 2nd 2010 @ 6:19 PM
Posted by J.D. WHITEHEAD:
THINK WE FOUND WHAT WAS CAMP HEMLOCK.HEMLOCK LOOP IS A ROAD TO THE LEFT BETWEEN WAYNESVILLE AND MAGGIE VALLEY. HAS TO BE IT. IN HEMLOCK FOREST.NOW A SUBDIVISION. ACROSS THE HIGHWAY IS A CAMPER PARK ALONG A CREEK OR RIVER.
Tuesday, July 13th 2010 @ 8:22 PM
Posted by Charlie:
My father told me that his aunt started it. She must have been the woman guest who bought it.
I believe Camp Hemlock was an outgrowth of Camp Dellwood. It was boys and Dellwood was girls. They were almost the same camp, even shared a dining hall.
Thursday, October 7th 2010 @ 12:01 PM