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E. W. "Doc" Rabon's
Indian Lore at Sequoyah






Roger Willams'
Seasons of Sixty-Six






From the 2018 Reunion



Guestbook Entry as Campfire Chiller

Our Tsali leader was an ex-military fellow (Green Beret or Special Forces, I think) named Gary Swinkey. We liked him. He was competent, patient, and had a sense of humor. During one of the compass and map guided bush whacking treks through the rhododendron, we expected to encounter a state highway. When we got within auditory range of the highway, we encountered what looked to be a fresh grave. This site was roughly rectangular in shape (2-3 ft wide & 5-6 ft long), had fresh disturbed dirt with boot prints all over, and had had several large bags of lime poured over them. Naturally we were puzzled. We reasoned that if someone was disposing of a dead farm animal, pet, etc. they wouldn't have likely bothered to walk such a great distance from the highway (bout a half mile) into the middle of nowhere in dense underbrush, nor bothered to lime the site. The area was dense riverside woods with no regular access (trails, paths, camp spots, etc.). After much discussion between Gary and the Tsalimen, we couldn't stand it and began to dig, terrified of what we were going to uncover. With sticks and our bare hands, we got down to just about a foot, when someone anxiously informed Gary that another of the campers was really sick and having difficulties (the result of some gastro-intestinal bug he'd been battling for a day or so). We had to stop digging to tend to our fallen comrade. He was in fact really sick and in need of medical attention for dehydration. We were so concerned for his well being, that the possible homicide site we'd been investigating took a back seat to summoning help. The camper (whose name I'm at a loss for) was transported to the hospital and no further discussion was had about what we'd encountered. We never found out what lay beneath the earth at that strange site.

-- Justin Coleman, 1975






Nature Lore

An important part of growing up Sequoyan
was awareness of nature's balance.

"A decade ago the tiny island fox was on the brink of extinction.
Now, thanks to a radical reordering of its California island ecosystem,
the fox is coming off the endangered species list."






Damn, that lake was cold!

I was only 8 and it was my first long stay away from home, but I had a great time at camp, with archery, horseback riding and all the rest. But, damn, that lake was cold! Biggest memory was the overnight camp near the end of camp. A storm hit and we had to break camp and head for a log cabin, with whatever gear we could haul. I lost my pants in the confusion and the counselors made me wear a sweater upside down in lieu of pants on the march home. Quite a night.

-- Lloyd Brown, 1948






2016 saw a

Outside Chief's restored house (from top right, clockwise):
 Chief's daughter Karen Johnson Conway,
Mike Johnson, Judson Conway and daughter Cricket,
Eustace Conway, Jeff Johnson, Walton Conway






Katherine Lauder and son Barry Durand  

Their ownership and stewardship gave Sequoyah
the lifeline crucial to its preservation.






John Cooner's Reunion Albums








2016 Reunion Wrap-up

This year's reunion, on Saturday, June 11th, saw a total of 88 attendees, 51 of whom were Old Sequoyans! Great group and as always, a special time reliving life-shaping moments.

The historic structures were magnificent...the owners have truly preserved these historic structures. Chief's house has been completely renovated and it's beautiful; Naiset Awi is in great shape; the alumni renovated the nature den and rebuilt its porch last year.

The renovated Lodge is amazing, and the Hoffman cabin belongs on a postcard! The Mountaineering Hut (old Counselor's retreat) is in good shape, and we hope to put a new roof on it soon. The alumni also rebuilt Cabin 15 and are ready to start on Cabin 30. All these structure were open to us.

You remember that the alumni sponsored the renovation of the chapel a couple of years ago and rebuilt some pews for purchase. Grover McNair and his team, including Tony Penland, Dave Glasgow, Pete Landry, and many others made that happen thanks to the generous donations of our Old Sequoyan Alumni. There's still more to do.

John Sinex, the owner's nephew, has rebuilt the famous Adirondak near Tsali and there were a few huffing/puffing hikes up there for a view. Dave Glasgow brought T-shirts again.

This year was special in that so many of the Johnson family attended. Karen Conway, Chief's daughter, was there along with her three sons Eustace, Walton, and Judson (and Judson's daughter Cricket). Mike Johnson (Atlanta) and Jeff Johnson (Alaska) was also there, making this sort of a family reunion.

Katherine Lauder and son Barry Durand were also there. Katherine purchased the Camp early on and she and Barry are the ones who initially protected and preserved it...and actually initiated these reunions many years ago. It was great to be able to thank her for her contributions to all of us.

Our heart-felt thanks to Claus and Debbie Kroeger for being such gracious hosts once again and for sharing their home with us for a couple of days. If you've never been to one of our reunions, you should check it out! We only plan for every other year, so it will be a while before we talk about another one. In the meantime, I know that hundreds of photo's were taken by lots of folks, and hopefully they will be shared here and on the Sequoyah website.

For those who did attend, post your thoughts on our alumni page. What's it like to go back now? Who and what do you remember most from your time there? How were you changed by attending as a camper or counselor?

--- Mike Miller







Reunion 2016











"It's a beautiful day at Sequoyah!"

Eustace Conway III
1926 - 2015






A new permanent link is atop Sequoyah Central, Jim Bramlett's

 Treasury of Cabin Plaques and other Memorabilia

Be sure to visit!







. . . was a momentous year.  Sequoyans could witness the titanic spectacle of world war from a safe remove -- too young to enlist, not too young to be aware and engaged.

Here are two takes from the era, a memoir by Wilby Colman and a long ballad by Bill McGrew.  These are impressions of two bright boys of about the same age, same session, of their Sequoyah experience.  Their slight parallax views create a 3-D snapshot of life at Sequoyah.  It's an enjoyable reading experience.

Wilby Coleman's Memoir

Bill McGrew's Ballad of a Sourdough



Sourdough, 1945

Left to right: Julian Buxton, Kim Massie, Leon Cohen, C. Franklin Raper, Bill Skinner, Bill McGrew,
Blair Tyson, Wilby Coleman, Jim Lawrence, Bob Crouch, A. H. "Dad" Miller

Thanks, Sally Rudkin.






Buy a Cabin!

(This was an alumni project successfully concluded. Cabin was sold.)

The owners of Camp are giving the alumni who might be interested a chance to purchase Cabin 8 and to move it to their personal property. This cabin can be yours!

100% of the purchase price will go into the alumni renovation fund to continue our renovation of the historic buildings. Photos are attached so you can see the roof is completely useless but the structure is pretty stable. We can arrange for anyone interested to visit Camp and take a close look at the cabin.

If you purchase the cabin, you would need to arrange to trailer the cabin away or perhaps to disassemble the cabin and haul it away to be rebuilt on your site. Many of you have some special land where this cabin would look great and serve you well. If it is not moved, it likely will soon be destroyed.

For this "silent auction", bidding will start at $500.00 and bids will close 14 days after bidding starts. I will track and publish bids so that all bidders see what is happening in real time. Once the process is concluded, the winning bid will be announced and the winner will have 60 days to move the cabin.

Great news, Cabin Sold!






Star Watch

A favorite activity at Sequoyah was the Star Watch.  After Taps we'd meet above the dining pavilion with our flashlights and Field Guide to the Stars and Planets.  Then we'd pick constellations out of the myriad stars splattered across the vast revolving dome above.  There, lying on a patch of grass one summer, we could watch in wonder the orbiting Echo 1 satellite cross the sky.

To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary, NASA has rendered its iconic "Pillars of Creation" in high resolution and near-infrared.  This part of M16, the Eagle Nebula, is 6500 light years from us.  The pillars are 2-3 light years tall. (1 light year is about 5.9 trillion miles.)

If Sequoyah were still open, then come summer we would have our Field Guides on tablets (no flashlights needed), searching the constellation Serpens for M16, which is visible through binoculars.

Click the pillars above to see the full-size image.  If you can display photo files on your big screen TV, then download the file (and resize to 1080 px vertical) for a magnificent image.

For the story of Hubble and the Pillars of Creation, go to NASA.






Walter Kuentzel's
Sequoyah 2014







Sequoyah 90th Anniversary
by Mike Miller


The owners of the Camp property generously invited us to once again meet at their home (Camp Sequoyah) and reminisce about our years at camp and visit old friends. June 21st was, indeed, a perfect day! Memories instantly begin to flood back as soon as you drive into the clearing and see the dining hall, lodge, and Hoffman cabin. Then, stepping out into the clear, clean aroma of the mountains really seals the deal. We�re home!

We had 90 folks (alumni and family) attend the reunion which turned out to be our largest attendance to date. We had alumni from four decades � �40s, �50s, �60s, and�70s. Once again, the greatest distance traveled was by Mike McGrady from Austria who was bringing his daughter to Camp Ilahee, but Judson Randolph came from Seattle and his brother, Garrett, came from Maine�truly a �sea to shining sea� event.

Three generations of the C. Walton Johnson family were there: Karen Johnson Conway (Chief�s daughter who grew up at camp and also worked there) and her son Walton and his family along with Mike Johnson who also is Chief�s grandson. It is always a treat to listen to Karen as she chats about the history of camp and the origin of the historical buildings that are still beautiful and prominent on the property.

A few curious souls wandered in Friday afternoon and three groups set up their tents on the athletic field for the first of two cool, clear camping nights. Saturday night, there were 2-3 more groups joining them. The main event was Saturday and folks began to emerge from the driveway through the forest about 9am. The newly renovated lodge was the showcase and housed tables full of memorabilia, old camp movies going on in one corner.

The lodge has its own kitchen and a lounging area in front of the original fireplace. The front deck on the lodge also held a table full of old and interesting catalogs, photos, etc. The stunning screened porch, where the former stage was, is open from floor to ceiling on three sides to the view of the bridge and the Iroquois Shower, the new waterfall. The lake is now a cold, clear pond but beautiful trout pace back and forth near the feeding deck waiting for a snack. Lounge chairs at the pond invite visitors to sit and stay awhile.

David Glasgow had generously designed and provided commemorative T-shirts for sale that were the classic Sequoyah gray with the familiar burgundy Camp logo on the back of the shirt and the smaller logo on the front with the 90th reunion designation. These shirts sold for $20 and they are available for all alumni just by notifying David by email with your address and your check. All money goes into the Sequoyah Fund for renovation of historical buildings.

Mike Miller brought more of the 2-disk set of old camp movies and they, too, are available for $15 by emailing Mike.

Again, all money goes into our renovation fund. Grover McNair has masterfully led the construction of commemorative pews or benches (about 6� long) made from the pews in the Chapel. These pieces are $500.00 each with the money going into the Fund. All are sold out at the moment but Grover is making more. Contact Grover by email to order a pew or bench. You will love them and what a great memento. They come with a very nice plaque attached.

Throughout the day, groups would try to find their old cabins, they would get together and compare notes from long years ago. Some took the hike to Tsali up the poison ivy-filled road, they would explore the chapel, marvel at the stocked pond (a smaller lake), and several just HAD to go under the Iroquois shower one more time�for real. Old friends who were last together at age 10, 12 or 15 were thrilled to greet each other again and there were even a few tears as some tried to express how the Camp experience had changed their life. A few would find a big rock and just chill.

Then the bell would ring! Lunch was a catered BBQ lunch with fresh green salad, potato salad, pulled pork or chicken with a choice of 3 sauces, baked beans, and iced tea. We gathered on the back steps of the dining hall and sang the traditional grace:

Father for this noonday meal, we would speak the Grace we feel . . .

Rather than eat in the dining hall, lunch became a fun picnic on the grounds, in the lodge, on porches, or anywhere else. Many were asking about �rest hour� but we actually passed it up. The bell rings, and we all move to the Chapel for a special program. After some announcements and introductions, we discussed possible future restoration projects that our Fund could support. The oral consensus seemed to be the restoration of 1-2 of the original camper cabins, likely cabin 15 and one other. Replacing the roofs is top priority but we want to completely renovate a cabin so it can be used by alumni�it will be called the Alumni Cabin. We also want to preserve the historical mountaineering cabin which was the original counselors retreat. Complete restoration of a camper cabin could possibly cost up to $8000.00 to fully rebuild the cabin back to its original design.

Reynolds Price�s brother had earlier sent a generous donation to the Sequoyah Fund in Reynolds name. As you know, Reynolds wrote �Tongues of Angels�, based on his Sequoyah experiences. If you would like to contribute to our efforts, make your check to Sequoyah Fund and send it to Grover McNair. Every penny goes to restore a historical component of Camp that will benefit our alumni. It is a nondeductible contribution.

In a gesture typical of their kind spirit, the property owners provided two beautiful pink dogwood trees called Cherokee Chief. It was here at the 90th anniversary of the Camp, the first day of summer, that these trees were dedicated to the memory and life work of Chief and Mrs. Chief and the trees were planted at the front corners of the chapel. The first shovels full of dirt for planting were by the Johnson family, and then each alumnus was able to shovel some dirt to fully participate in this wonderful gesture. Thanks to the owners for the thought and for the trees.

After the trees were planted, Garrett Randolph led the group in singing the Hymn to Sequoyah, and he helped us remember the words to all three verses. Such a moving tribute to conclude this program. As a treat, David Glasgow bought three watermelons that we put in the creek Friday night. By Saturday, they were nice and cold, and fresh watermelon was waiting for us when we returned from the Chapel tree dedication. By 3-4pm, many folks were leaving and the crowd began to thin out.

Sunday morning was very special when David Glasgow led a moving Morning Watch in the Chapel for those still at camp. By Sunday noon, we had all said goodbye until our next reunion in 2016. If you haven�t been to one you gotta come! If you�ve been, we know you want to come back.

Please stay in touch and keep your emails up to date and at Camp Sequoyah's
Alumni Facebook Group
as we reach out in the future. . . .








Good News for the American Chestnut!

Scroll down to read more about the American Chestnut's blight plight.






Renewal at Sequoyah






Canoe Camp Today






Eagle Scout by 14,
Leads Sequoyans up and herds them back down Mt. Mitchell

At 90, climbs the Pyramid of the Moon.

Pop Hollandsworth
1915 - 2013






From Sequoyah to Tsali with Tom Graham






Summer is Here!

Thanks, Gerald Smith






The American Chestnut Foundation

For more about Chestnuts,
From the Michael Hoffman tribute
Restoring the American Chestnut






Many Sequoyans are like him, in their own quiet ways . . . .

He received no recognition in his lifetime and sought none.






Chief, with David Glasgow looking on






Mark Sluder's







Although Saturday, June 23rd,  was the day for the Camp reunion and picnic, a few anxious alumni dropped by Friday afternoon and some even camped on the athletic field Friday night. To a person, all who drive up the wooded drive, lined with pink and white blooming rhododendron, continue to be awestruck at the scene before them as they emerge into what seems like a fantasy world...so reminiscent of that first glimpse decades ago when we first saw the Camp as campers or staff.

Claus and Debbie Kroeger, the owners of the property, invited us back again this year and were kind and gracious to welcome 71 alumni and 115 total attendees onto their home. If you missed this one, you will certainly want to make the next one. In fact, 2014 will mark the 90th anniversary of the first year of Sequoyah which was 1924. This year, we were fortunate to have attendees from the �30�s, �40�s, �50�s, �60�s, and �70�s, with a vibrant Pop Hollandsworth anchoring the 1930�s era, along with Karen Conway (chief�s daughter). We thought the longest distance traveled would have been one from Colorado, but we had a Seattle attendee also�only to realize that Mike McGrady was there from Austria.

As in past gatherings, there was no formal agenda except to chill and visit and walk the old trails. Lots of great memorabilia was shared on several tables in the lodge with pictures dating back into the 1920�s when camp first opened. Camp Movies were running most of the day also. Hikes to Tsali were conducted midmorning and mid-afternoon and most who went realized that the hill really did get steeper over the years.

The new dam is spectacular and is newly completed. It is smaller than the original dam but this one is concrete with a stacked stone face which makes it a real showplace. The Lake as we knew it is now a smaller, clear, and picturesque �pond� that will soon be landscaped. Yup�the water is still frigid! You�ve seen photo�s of the dam and of the newly renovated buildings: the Hoffman Cabin, the Office, and the Garage. All have been redone as close to original plans as possible but with more modern building codes accommodated.

Lunch was BBQ pork, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, cornbread, and iced tea. Folks got their lunch and picnicked on the grounds under the shade of the trees around the dining hall. After lunch, we gathered for a short meeting to make some announcement and discuss a few things. One thing we discussed was how the alumni, the Old Sequoyan Club, could participate in preserving some of the important buildings that mean a lot to us. Clearly, buildings will be protected if new roofs are installed and the Chapel is one of the first to see that critical need. We already know how much it would cost to replace the Chapel roof, to haul away old fallen cabins so the hillside can be cleaned up and made safer, to actually rebuild a couple of cabins, etc. In that regard, we will open an account to accommodate any future funds that we agree upon that would help on a project-by-project basis. We already know that dozens of alumni would be willing to contribute to restoring and preserving some alumni-associated buildings. There will be more to come on the project proposals.

Dave Glasgow held a Sunday Morning Watch at the Chapel to end the weekend and by noon, everyone was on their way.  If you have any questions, please email me at jmm8@comcast.net. If you have photo�s you�d like to see posted here on the Website, please send them to Jack Rice at jmr1@campsequoyah.orgRemember also, we have a Facebook page for Camp Sequoyah Alumni. Please join us. Put your thoughts about the reunion and the renewing of old memories on Facebook to share with everyone or maybe Jack could add them to the website. There is already a spot for the 2012 reunion on the website so check it out. A list of attendees will be available from Mike on request.

Chief�s legacy remains strong through 9 decades of men. We were blessed to be a part of it.


Mike Miller







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The Thunder Bird

1 July 1966






Preview of the George McLemore archive

A Sequoyah brochure is a snapshot not only of Sequoyah but its era. Nevertheless, in a decade of upheaval, Sequoyah remained faithful to its purpose.  1966 was Chief's last season.

Click below to enter.






Just in time for the holidays, the delicious, the dangerous . . .







Canoe Camp
Summer 2011







A window into different times

Thanks to Gerald Porter






Reynolds Price
1933 - 2011
Author, Teacher, Sequoyan






Mark Sluder's

Walk Through Sequoyah




Brud Harbourt's

Sequoyah - 1967




Mike's 2010 Reunion Wrap-up

We had a wonderful time at Sequoyah...in fact, about 60 or so gathered once again to embrace the happy memories.  Our thanks to Claus Kroeger and Debbie for accommodating us and for being so generous, and thanks to all who came to visit.

The longest trip to camp this time was Sean Green from Hawaii, followed by John Andrews from Arizona. Lots of great old photo's and stories and mostly just walking around and reconnecting.

Thanks to Dave Glasgow for helping to make this work. Also, it was Dave and Steve Sparkman who worked to reopen the council ring that was overgrown. Claus Kroeger, Rick Harned, and others (I forget) worked to install some very nice iron fencing and plants around Chief and Mrs. Chief's gravesteads. Claus had found some very nice antique iron and provided the fencing and the plants.

A reminder to those who took photo's, please send your photo's to Jack Rice who manages the Sequoyah website. He has a place already saved for the 2010 reunion and you can see some photos already at the site. Many more will be added. We've already seen some really great photo's from Tom Thomson and David Nichols and others. Mark Sluder (Charlotte, NC) who is a professional photo journalist was there with his camera, so I know he will have a ton of great shots. 

It was very special to have Karen Conway (Chief's daughter) there. She was literally an exciting treasure of history and had some great stories to tell about how things occurred. She grew up at Sequoyah, beginning in the '30s. Walton conway, Karen's son, attended as did Bill Johnson's son Mike. So we really had quite a family legacy as part of the weekend, with the daughter and two grandsons adding to the group.

Sadly, we heard the devasting news from Bill Embler that Pop Hollandsworth's son, Jim, had suddenly and unexpectedly died just days before the reunion. Both had planned on attending. Our sincere condolences go to Pop at this time.

Finally, for those who attended and who belong to this Sequoyah group, please jot down a few thoughts and memories of the weekend (or any other memories) and share with the group.  Encourage other alumni to join either this Yahoo site or the Facebook Sequoyah group so we can keep in touch.





Fall 2010 Reunion!

Thanks to all for making the Reunion a great success.
If you took pictures and would like to share them, then please send them to
jmr1 at campsequoyah dot org.
Mike has already sent his in. Take a look!

Also, check out these Reunion pics, from . . .

Tom Thomson


David Nichols





A very good year






Mike Miller's collection of photos from the late 60s and early 70s

Captions will be added soon.  Meanwhile, enjoy the evocative images by themselves.

Go to Mike's Page and click the links.





Longnecker Lumps

Twenty years ago I was on the Appalachian Trail, and a girl was making breakfast. She made biscuits and called them "Longnecker's [sic] Lumps".  I asked her where she got the recipe and why they were called that.  She got it from a friend and said they were made by a guy named Steve Longnecker, but that it probably wasn't his real name.

I told her it was a real name, and that it wasn't the first time I'd had them.

� Jim Toler





Star Watch

Sequoyans of a certain age were privileged to attend camp at the dawn of the space age.  A group of Nature Lore campers met Michael "Uncle Mike" Hoffman after taps, when the moon was low and the stars stood out.  We had our flashlights and Field Guides, but tonight we needed no guide, just good eyesight, for Echo, a 100 foot silver balloon satellite sent into low earth orbit, was due to pass overhead.  And then it appeared, a star among the stars, moving silently across the sky, the first man-made object in space we had ever seen.

Today, Echo has been replaced in orbit by the Hubble Space Telescope, a platform for viewing the farthest reaches of space and the earliest reaches of time itself.  In a deep field of myriad Milky Ways, Hubble recently detected the earliest and most distant galaxies.

See the latest Hubble wonders.





Canoe Camp Saved!

On the heels of the good news about the sale of the Main Camp property to dedicated preservationists, comes more good news.  Emory Crawford, owner of Sequoyah's Canoe Camp site on Lake Aquone, aka Nantahala Lake, has obtained a conservation easement, with The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.

Read the backstory





Sequoyah property sold

As you may have heard, the Sequoyah property has been sold.  Unfortunately, the plan of the previous owners, to build a new camp, was unrealized.  The good news is that the new owners are a private party and dedicated preservationists.  They have also expressed kind feelings towards Sequoyans and will work with us in their preservation efforts.





Sequoyah in wartime

Wilby Coleman has contributed a wonderful memoir of his time at Sequoyah, 1943-1945.





New, from the
Council Ring

Stouthearted Men is a venerable Sequoyah anthem.  For the stouthearted man, "there's nothing in the world can halt or mar a plan."  This precept is put to the ultimate test, in David Grann's true tale of the search for

The Lost City of Z





Instant classic . . .

Click on the book to go to the Website.

They're promoting the book for summer camps,
as well as back yards . . .





Update from Pop!

There have been a number of enquiries about how Sequoyah's living legend James "Pop" Hollandsworth has been faring.  Here's an update:

Pop spent his 93rd birthday in Quebec City, Canada, at the 2008 congress of the International Camping Fellowship, where he received an award, stating:  "Your contributions have enriched the International Camping Fellowship and advanced the cause of camping across the world".

Pop said, "I guess that suggests that I'm still active and involved...with some mobility help on a 'flame red' four-wheel walker."

As of November 19, Pop and his wife Marjie had just returned from a two-week stay in their mountain home near Black Mountain, "about 15 mile due south across the Craggy Range from Sequoyah."





New, from the
Council Ring

Now that we've had a chance to digest Thanksgiving and the aftermath, here's Sarah Vowell, the delightful raconteur who brought us her account of her travels along the Trail of Tears, talking about her book, Wordy Shipmates, about the Pilgrim Fathers.




"Membership has its rewards."





Every kid's big brother, he saw camping as part of the solution.

Paul Newman
1925 - 2008

(Click photo for a video treat.)





The Era of the Hero

What makes a hero?  Here's a fascinating essay from The New Yorker, which examines three men, Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott.  There seems to be no debate about Nansen as hero, but what about Amundsen and Scott, contenders for First to the South Pole?  Along the way, you'll encounter a cliffhanger on a mountain in Ethiopia and a list of more good reads.

Cold Comfort





A Death in the Forest?

Does that sound familiar?  It should -- it's the title of the story, featured below, about the hemlock blight.  Except, this "death in the forest" is a Sequoyah mystery, as related by Justin Coleman, Tsali '75, in his Guestbook entry.

Check it out.





Sequoyah in the 1970s

"The Screaming Wheels"
(Impersonating Sha Na Na's "Bowzer")
Tuscaroras, 1974

Walt Kuentzel has updated his Sequoyah Website
with hundreds of new photos and a cool new look.

Check it out!





Mike Miller gives us a look
inside the workings of a summer camp.

A Camp with a Purpose


Sequoyah as a Model for Today's Summer Camp





More Sequoyah Memories

by Jon Cooner




Sequoyah Memories

Hans Clausen's photo memoir,
with rare shots of Junior Camp





Sequoyah Elegy

by Jim Bonds





Letter from North Carolina
A Death in the Forest

We remember the hulks of American chestnuts we encountered on our hikes.  Now, the eastern hemlock is about to join them, thanks to a new blight called the hemlock woolly adelgid.  The New Yorker has an excellent article about the battle against this pest.  The setting is the Great Smokey Mountains.  Click the title above to view the PDF, exclusively for Sequoyans.  You might find the reading easier if you print out the article.






Bill Johnson






Lest there be any doubt about the continuing relevance of the
Spirit of Sequoyah . . .

Sequoyan Frank Tindall's Camp Falling Creek
is featured in a recent cover story of
TIME Magazine. 
Until recently Falling Creek was owned
by fellow Sequoyan Chuck McGrady.
Don't miss the photo essay.





Can there be any doubt that
C. Walton Johnson read these verses,
as his idea for Sequoyah took shapo?

"The Coming American"
by Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)

Bring me men to match my mountains;
   Bring me men to match my plains, --
Men with empires in their purpose,
   And new eras in their brains.
Bring me men to match my prairies,
   Men to match my inland seas,
Men whose thought shall pave a highway
   Up to ampler destinies;
Pioneers to clear Thought's marshlands,
   And to cleanse old Error's fen;
Bring me men to match my mountains ---
   Bring me men!

Bring me men to match my forests,
   Strong to fight the storm and blast,
Branching toward the skyey future,
   Rooted in the fertile past.
Bring me men to match my valleys,
   Tolerant of sun and snow,
Men within whose fruitful purpose
   Time's consummate blooms shall grow.
Men to tame the tigerish instincts
   Of the lair and cave and den,
Cleans the dragon slime of Nature --
   Bring me men!

Bring me men to match my rivers,
   Continent cleavers, flowing free,
Drawn by the eternal madness
   To be mingled with the sea;
Men of oceanic impulse,
   Men whose moral currents sweep
Toward the wide-enfolding ocean
   Of an undiscovered deep;
Men who feel the strong pulsation
   Of the Central Sea, and then
Time their currents to its earth throb --
   Bring me men!





2007 Spring Reunion





From a recent message from an old Sequoyan . . .

I was so pleased and pleasantly surprised to find the Sequoyah web site today.  Sequoyah was such a unique and special place, the most fantastic setting, and the finest staff and campers there could have been.  Thank you so much for your efforts on behalf of all of us who were touched by this special place. I remember the camp nurse saying to me that "Our trails will cross again", and with this web site, that has come true.

Revere "Brud" Harbourt, 65, 67






One circumstance that helped our character development:  we were needed.  I often think today of what an impact could be made if children believed they were contributing to a family's essential survival and happiness.  In the transformation from a rural to an urban society, children are�though they might not agree�robbed of the opportunity to do genuinely responsible work.

� Dwight D. Eisenhower





Nature Alert!

Are cell phones wiping out our bees?





New feature

Add a photo to your guestbook entry!

When you sign the guestbook, send a tribal or cabin photo, or just you at Sequoyah,
along with your info, and we'll make it a part of your entry. 
If you've slready signed the guestbook, send a favorite photo, and we'll add it to your entry.
Don't worry about the condition.  We'll fix it.





In the Council Ring

It's about service





A moving Guestbook comment

Hello Sequoyans! I found the site a while back when I met David Brown on one of the tours I operate.

Since Sequoyah, I have not stopped paddling. I have made my living and supported my family doing what I love, and I owe that to Sequoyah. If it were still open, I have no doubt that I would still be there and in many ways I still am. Seqouyah's influence has been very meaningful to me. My kids are eager to hear stories as we look at this website together. I have had the good fortune to run into old Sequoyans. Their memories are usually as fond as mine. I have dreamed of creating a Seqouyah-type experience here in Costa Rica where I live.

On numerous occasions as I paddled Smokey Mountain streams I made the opportunity to walk through camp. To see my name still on the cabin plaques�to remember mud soccer, tying the bowline under the waterfall, Randolfs Route, and the people who influenced me�was a great thrill.

I owe my first paid paddling job to being on a list of honor campers from Sequoyah that was picked up after the closing. I only hope I can create the experience I had at Sequoyah for my kids. Thanks for the site, a real treasure.

Neil Kahn, '74-76





Kendall Bryan's

Songs of Sequoyah

Sequoyah campers, singing Sequoyah favorites,
From the original vinyl LPs recorded in 1961





Remember the Star Watch?


Halley's Comet

     Miss Murphy in first grade
      wrote its name in chalk
      across the board and told us
      it was roaring down the stormtracks
      of the Milky Way at frightful speed
      and if it wandered off its course
      and smashed into the earth
      there'd be no school tomorrow.
      A red-bearded preacher from the hills
      with a wild look in his eyes
      stood in the public square
      at the playground's edge
      proclaiming he was sent by God
      to save every one of us,
      even the little children.
      "Repent, ye sinners!" he shouted,
      waving his hand-lettered sign.
      At supper I felt sad to think
      that it was probably
      the last meal I'd share
      with my mother and my sisters;
      but I felt excited too
      and scarcely touched my plate.
      So mother scolded me
      and sent me early to my room.
      The whole family's asleep
      except for me. They never heard me steal
      into the stairwell hall and climb
      the ladder to the fresh night air.

      Look for me, Father, on the roof
      of the red brick building
      at the foot of Green Street�
      that's where we live, you know, on the top floor.
      I'm the boy in the white flannel gown
      sprawled on this coarse gravel bed
      searching the starry sky,
      waiting for the world to end.

�Stanley Kunitz






Global Warming





Pop's Council Ring Photos
Rare photos from the 40s!





George Harrell, III, Sequoyah camper, Tsali boy, Pirate, Counselor, has a splendid collection of photos and memorabilia, which he is sharing with us.

The George Harrell Collection





Red Dawn





In and Around Sequoyah



Council Ring


Mementos from David Glasgow


Indian Lore


"The Lanyard"


Letter from an Old Sequoyan


Walton Conway's Tribute to Sequoyah


The Watershed Saga



A Summer Afternoon Beneath the Spreading Oak
Why aren't you there?
No, you're not too busy!

Take a short walk around Sequoyah Main Camp, as it was during its active years and as it is today.

The light ahead takes you to Sequoyah
(Find the link!)


. . . then, browse the picture archives. 

Thanks to Walt Kuentzel's Website we have an extensive archive from the Capps years, 1971-1978, as well as a splendid collection of Sequoyah brochures and pamphlets. 

We should like to build a comprehensive album of photos and printed matter, going all the way back to the beginning.  Do you have any of your camp pix?  Please contact Jack Rice.

More archives below.


Visiting Sequoyah

The Sequoyah property is now in good hands.
The new owners are dedicated preservationists.
Please bear in mind that although the owners
are cordial and aware of our connection to Sequoyah,
the property is strictly private, and access is by permission only.



The Great Ones





(Photo courtesy Junior Taylor)

An Archive of Sequoyah Philosophy

The Fourth Dimension in Camping

The Art of Living Forever

26 January 2006
Commemorating Chief





Michael Hoffman

Lord, round about us stand these hills,
Whose beauty all Sequoyah fills.
We praise Thee, Lord, for this Thy gift
Of beauty and our prayer we lift
That as our summer paths are trod,
All Beauty leads us towards God.
Through friendships true that seek all Good,
We learn to live as brothers should.
Help us to carry from this place
A broader love than creed or race,
And may our feet with peace be shod,
For Love and Goodness leads to God.
Teach us, O Lord, the Truth to seek
In thought, in deed, in words we speak,
Give courage to the Truth defend
Nor count the cost, And to this end
May Sequoyah's mark on her sons e'er be,
The Love of Truth that sets men free.

From his tiny hut beside the Nature Cabin, Michael "Uncle Mike" Hoffman, with his white mane and weathered countenance, presided.  Uncle Mike had his own flagpole, flying the colors of the United Nations, which we still revered in those days, to remind us that we are stewards not only of our little corner of paradise but of the whole world.  In matters celestial and terrestrial, Uncle Mike was Sequoyah's go-to guy. 

Each of those who knew him has his own fond memory of Uncle Mike.  For those who came after, perhaps the best way of making the acquaintance of a Sequoyah legend and his love of nature is through these news items, a tribute we hope Uncle Mike would find fitting.

Are cell phones wiping out our bees?

Global Warming

Space Telescope

Restoring the American Chestnut

Saving the Elms

Proof that nature still has the upper hand . . .
Rodents 1 - Humans 0

A Death in the Forest

Cold Comfort





James G. "Pop" Hollandsworth





Paul Neal





Mike Miller

Mike's Photo Archives

Sequoyah, late 60s - early 70s

Late 60s - early 70s, continued





David Glasgow

Counselor, Scout Leader,









Photo Archives




The Capps Years

Sequoyah in the 70s






Roger Willams'
Seasons of Sixty-Six



John Cooner's Reunion Albums








Mark Sluder's

Walk Through Sequoyah



Brud Harbourt's

Sequoyah - 1967



A very good year



Sequoyah Memories

Hans Clausen's photo memoir,
with rare shots of Junior Camp



2007 Spring Reunion

2005 Reunion

2004 Summer Reunion

Photo Survey of Main Camp 2002

Clean-up 2001





The George Harrell Collection


Barry Durand's
Winter at Sequoyah

The Mike Miller Collection

Ed Bumann's
Tsali, the Beginnings

Ben Moore's
Tsali at Canoe Camp

Summer Mementos

David Glasgow's
Around Sequoyah, Summer 2002

Plus, more of David's photos at Snapfish.com (registration required)

April 2002 photo survey

Photos from the Summer 2002 get-together


The Thunderbird
"I am a Spirit"



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Read the Guest Book Entries







Visit Eustace Conway's Turtle Island Preserve

Letter from Eustace