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.
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.
Posted by Lizzie:
CD, I really don't know the exact location of Hemlock, but I may be able to find out.
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???
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
Posted by Lizzie:
Melanie, That is good to know. I need to ride over there and take photos.
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:)
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
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!:)
Posted by Dale:
I started attending Camp Dellwood after Camp Montreat closed. Loved the pictures! Thanks for posting.:)